French: Tangara à dos noir German: Schwarzwangentangare Spanish: Tangara de antifaz
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. venezuelensis
(P. L. Sclater, 1857) – mountains of N, NE, SW & S Venezuela (coastal range from Carabobo E to Distrito Federal and Miranda; Sucre and Monagas; locally in Andes from NW & S Lara S to Táchira; Cerro Yaví and Cerro Taracuniña, in N & S Amazonas; probably also mountains of SE Bolívar), and W, C & E Andes of Colombia S on both slopes to Ecuador, Peru (S on W slope to Lima, on E slope throughout), Bolivia and NW Argentina (S to Tucumán and Catamarca).
P. m. melanonota
(Vieillot, 1819) – S & SE Brazil (locally SW Mato Grosso; and S Bahia and E Minas Gerais S to C Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones and N Corrientes; NE Buenos Aires S to Punta Indio) and S Uruguay.
14 cm; 18–25 g. Unusual tanager with short, wide, hirundinid-like bill with small hook, rather short legs, long wings and short tail, and sky-blue crown. Male nominate race... read more
Infrequently heard song a series of high “see” or “sweee” notes, varying from 4 or 5 notes given... read more
Bushy pastures, cultivated and small semi-open areas with large trees, along forest borders and in... read more
Food and feeding
Of ten stomachs examined, six contained only vegetable matter and four contained vegetable and animal matter; contents included berries,... read more
Fledgling in Jul in W Venezuela (Mérida); nest-building in Mar (Huila) and birds in breeding condition in Mar (Huila) and Jul (Valle... read more
Nomadic or seasonal migratory movements known, but poorly documented. In N Venezuela (coastal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to fairly common (periodically or seasonally), and widespread. Occurs in wide range of forest-border and semi-open habitats, and... read more
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