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).
13–14 cm; 15·2–22·5 g. Colourful tanager with two distinctive plumage types, colours of both varying with angle of light. Male nominate race has... read more
At times fairly vocal, especially for its genus. Call a buzzy “tzzit”, given when... 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. Of 19 stomachs examined, 18 contained... read more
Breeding reported Dec–May In Venezuela, Jan–Apr, Jul and Nov in Suriname, and Oct and Nov in S Brazil. Open cup-nest of... read more
Resident. Some local movements in response to availability of fruit.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread across much of range. Occurs in many parks and other protected areas over its vast range, thrives in degraded areas, and has... read more
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