French: Calliste bleu et noir German: Schwarzblautangare Spanish: Tangara azulinegra común
Tanagra (Euphone?) Vassorii
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
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).
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
Calls include high-pitched, thin “tsit” and “chip” notes, none very distinctive, during foraging.... read more
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
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
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
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