French: Tangara montagnard German: Blaurücken-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara montana
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Subspecies and Distribution
B. m. gigas
(Bonaparte, 1851) – Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá, and Andes of S Táchira) and adjacent E Andes of Colombia (S to Cundinamarca).
B. m. cucullata
(Jardine & Selby, 1842) – W & C Andes of Colombia S to Ecuador.
B. m. cyanonota
Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896 – Andes of N & C Peru (Amazonas S to Junín).
B. m. saturata
Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1906 – Andes of SE Peru (Cuzco and Puno).
B. m. montana
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Andes of N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz).
21 cm, 69–91 g (nominate); 23 cm, 72–116 g (other races). Largest mountain-tanager; distinctive rotund shape and conspicuous red eyes, short and thick bill. Nominate race has... read more
During flight display, presumed male sings rapid, exuberant “chip’ut-chip’ut-chip-ut...” as he... read more
Mainly humid and wet montane forest and forest borders; also tall second-growth woodland, scattered... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, also many small berries and fruit. Of 35 stomachs examined, 34 contained only vegetable matter and one contained both animal... read more
Resident. A few scattered records, probably of wandering or vagrant birds, at elevations lower than... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its wide latitudinal distribution in Andes. Generally occurs at rather low density, perhaps because groups wander over large... read more
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