Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Blue-and-black Tanager (Tangara vassorii)


Taxonomy

French: Calliste bleu et noir German: Schwarzblautangare Spanish: Tangara azulinegra común
Taxonomy:

Tanagra (Euphone?) Vassorii

Boissonneau

, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia

.

Forms a clade with T. nigroviridis, T. dowii and T. fucosa#R. Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. atrocoerulea. HBW mistakenly suggested that race branickii belongs with latter species. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. v. vassorii (Boissonneau, 1840) – Blue-and-black Tanager – Andes in Venezuela (Trujillo S to Táchira) and throughout Colombia S to Ecuador and E slope in N Peru (S to Piura and Cajamarca N of R Marañón).
  • T. v. branickii (Taczanowski, 1882) – Silver-crowned Tanager – E slope of Andes in Peru S of R Marañón (Amazonas and La Libertad).
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 15–21 g. Beautiful dark blue high-elevation tanager with rather short bill and relatively short tail. Nominate race is mostly shining deep cobalt-blue; lores, very... read more

    Voice

    Calls include high-pitched, thin “tsit” and “chip” notes, none very distinctive, during foraging.... read more

    Habitat

    Humid and wet, often mossy montane forest, forest edges, second growth and trees and shrubs in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruit; also, in far smaller quantity, arthropods. Of 17 stomachs examined, 14 contained only vegetable matter and three contained both... read more

    Breeding

    In Colombia, two nests in Jun and begging juveniles in Jan in W Valle, fledglings in May in E Cauca, and nine birds in breeding condition... read more

    Movements

    Generally resident. Some seasonal elevational movements may occur.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; seldom numerous. Occurs in a number of protected areas, among them Guaramacal, Sierra Nevada and Tamá National Parks (... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2019). Blue-and-black Tanager (Tangara vassorii). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61715 on 18 February 2019).