French: Calliste passevert German: Isabelltangare Spanish: Tangara isabel norteña
Cayenne, French Guiana
Subspecies and Distribution
T. c. fulvescens
Todd, 1922 – Colombia on both slopes of E Andes at N end (S from Norte de Santander).
T. c. cayana
(Linnaeus, 1766) – E Colombia (S to Meta and Vaupés) and Venezuela (S to Cerro Yapacana, in C Amazonas, and Bolívar), locally through the Guianas to coastal NC Brazil (Amapá, N Pará); isolated populations in NE & SE Peru, N Bolivia and C Brazil (R Madeira; R Negro).
12·5–14 cm; 16–22·5 g. Colourful and highly sexually dimorphic tanager. Male nominate race has crown rufous (varying to coppery or golden-rufous), lowermost forehead, lores,... read more
At times fairly vocal, especially for its genus. Call a buzzy “tzzit”, given when perched or in... read more
Drier open habitats, including ranchland, borders of gallery and savanna woodland, and scrubby... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits, some arthropods; overall, appears to eat mostly fruit and seems not to capture many insects. Stomach contents included berries,... read more
Nesting reported Dec–May and Jul across much of Venezuela; Jan–Apr, Jul and Nov in Suriname; in E Colombia, birds in breeding condition in... read more
Resident. Some local movements in response to availability of fruit.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread across much of range. Occurs in many parks and other protected areas over its vast range, thrives in degraded... read more
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