Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Green-headed Tanager (Tangara seledon)


Taxonomy

French: Calliste à tête verte German: Dreifarbentangare Spanish: Tangara arcoiris
Taxonomy:

Tanagra Seledon

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Cayenne; error = Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

.

See T. fastuosa. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Brazil (from SE Bahia S to Santa Catarina and NE Rio Grande do Sul) and adjacent parts of SE Paraguay (Alto Paraná, Itapúa) and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; mean 18·7 g (nine birds from Paraguay), two others 16 g and 20 g. Brightly coloured tanager with complex plumage pattern reminiscent of that of T. chilensis... read more

Voice

Call a high, slightly buzzy “zweet” with rising inflection, and sometimes followed by... read more

Habitat

Found in canopy of humid forest, along forest borders, in small clearings with scattered trees and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, also arthropods. Takes wide variety of cultivated fruits, including oranges, papayas (Carica papaya) and bananas, as well... read more

Breeding

Season Nov–Feb in Brazil, and recorded in Nov and Dec in Paraguay and Nov in NE Argentina; apparently, second brood often attempted shortly... read more

Movements

Resident. Possible seasonal movements between forest and semi-open areas reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Despite occurrence in variety of disturbed and second-growth habitats, this species has, since late 1980s or... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2018). Green-headed Tanager (Tangara seledon). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61680 on 19 December 2018).