Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-hooded Tanager (Tangara whitelyi)


French: Calliste de Whitely German: Schwarzmaskentangare Spanish: Tangara capuchinegra

Calliste whitelyi

Salvin and Godman

, 1884,

Roraima, Guyana–Venezuela


See T. argentea, with which hitherto treated as conspecific; differs in its more extensive black hood, extending onto nape and upper breast (2); lack of a deep cobalt wingpanel (3); paler, much less yellow underparts, mantle and back, with more grey smudging below (2); larger bill (effect size 2.5, score 2); and shorter wing (effect size –2.03, score 2). Monotypic.


Tepuis of S Venezuela (in Amazonas and Bolívar), and adjacent N Brazil and Guyana (Twek-quay).

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Black-hooded Tanager (Tangara whitelyi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 May 2019).