French: Mitrospin obscur German: Rußgesicht-Stärlingstangare Spanish: Tangara carinegruzca
Lion Hill, Panama.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. costaricensis
Todd, 1922 – Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica (from Heredia) S to extreme NW Panama (vicinity of Almirante Bay).
M. c. cassinii
(Lawrence, 1861) – Caribbean lowlands of W Panama (from Veraguas and Chiriquí Lagoon E to E Darién, also locally on Pacific slope); and Colombia at N end of W Andes (R Nechí) E to Serranía de San Lucas, S on E slope of C range in Caldas (to Tasajos; La Victoria), and entire Pacific lowlands (from Chocó) S to W Ecuador (S to Guayas).
18 cm; 32–41 g. Relatively dull species with rather long, slender and conical bill, and feathers of face rather short and stiff. Nominate race has centre of crown mustard-... read more
Song, repeated persistently at dawn, a sharp, high-pitched, emphatic “zeep zeep zeep zeep-it... read more
Thickets and dense shrubbery along forest borders, light gaps, second growth of various ages, and... read more
Food and feeding
Small arthropods and fruits. In Costa Rica recorded as eating fruits especially of melastomes, Rubiaceae and Solanaceae, also grass seeds... read more
Breeding reported in Mar–Apr in Costa Rica; in Colombia, twelve birds in breeding condition in Feb–May in NW and a stub-tailed juvenile... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common throughout most of range. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including, among others, La Selva and Braulio... read more
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