Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Grenada Tanager (Tangara cucullata)


French: Calliste dos-bleu German: Buntkappentangare Spanish: Tangara de Granada
Other common names: Lesser Antillean Tanager (when treated as conspecific with T. versicolor)

A[glaia]. Cucullata


, 1834,

no locality = Grenada


See T. argentea. Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. versicolor (which see). Monotypic.


Grenada, in S Lesser Antilles.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 25·7–30·3 g (versicolor). Male nominate race has crown dark maroon-chestnut, barely contradting with blackish mask from lores to... read more


Call a simple “chirp”; song a series of clear whistles ending in a twitter, “weet... read more


Dry and moist forest, wooded borders, second growth, parks and gardens, and montane thickets... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and arthropods. Variety of fruit taken, including figs (Ficus) and mangos (Mangifera), and apparently particularly... read more


Season Apr–Jul. Reported as stealing material from nests of other birds; open cup-shaped nest built c. 1·8–6 m up in... read more


None reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Uncommon on both islands on which it occurs. Has extremely small global range, but believed... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Grenada Tanager (Tangara cucullata). 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 25 April 2019).