Family Chat-tanagers (Calyptophilidae)

Near Threatened

Eastern Chat-tanager (Calyptophilus frugivorus)


French: Konichon dominicain German: Dominikanerschmätzertangare Spanish: Tangara dominicana

Phœnicophilus [sic] frugivorus


, 1883,

Villa Rivas, Dominican Republic


Often treated as conspecific with C. tertius; race abbotti placed with latter in HBW, but shares diagnostic characters with present species. Some authors consider that all populations in the highlands of W and C Dominican Republic should be ascribed to race neibae. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. frugivorus (Cory, 1883) – Dominican Republic, in Cordillera Central E to Reserva Científica de Ebano Verde and S to Sierra de Ocoa; also Samaná Peninsula, on NE coast (where no recent records).
  • C. f. abbotti Richmond & Swales, 1924 – Gonâve I (off WC Hispaniola); no recent records.
  • C. f. neibae J. Bond & Dod, 1977 – Sierra de Neiba, in W Dominican Republic and possibly adjacent Haiti.
  • Also, race unknown, in E Sierra de Bahoruco and Sierra de Martín García#R.

    Descriptive notes

    c. 17–19 cm; 26·3–38·6 g. Dull species with rather long and pointed bill and large, strong legs and feet; long tail, slightly rounded at tip, imparts a general shape not... read more


    Song, heard mostly at dawn, given by both sexes. Songs of the two races differ somewhat, but... read more


    Thick undergrowth of mountain forest and dense vegetation along streams and ravines; reported as... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds primarily on insects and other invertebrates; takes only very small amount of fruit (despite scientific name). One stomach contained... read more


    Season probably May–Jul. One nest, believed to be of this species, was cup-shaped, placed 0·6 m above ground in a fern at edge of a... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Rare to locally common. Nominate race has not been... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2019). Eastern Chat-tanager (Calyptophilus frugivorus). 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 on 20 April 2019).