French: Tangara pillurion German: Elstertangare Spanish: Tangara urraca
J. F. Gmelin, 1788,
no locality = French Guiana.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. leverianus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – W & E Venezuela (on both slopes of Andes, and S of R Orinoco) E to Suriname and Brazil (N Roraima), also Colombia (E slope of Andes S from Norte de Santander) S to Bolivia (Santa Cruz) and E across Brazil S of Amazon to C Mato Grosso, SE Pará and S Maranhão; also extreme E Brazil (Pernambuco and Alagoas).
C. l. major
Cabanis, 1851 – SE Brazil (Goiás and S Bahia S to N Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
25–26 cm, 73–86 g (leverianus); 29 cm, one male 75·8 g and two females 67·5–71 g (major). Large, long-tailed... read more
Not especially vocal. Most often heard are loud, metallic “chink” notes, given as pair... read more
Shrubby clearings in floodplain-forest or terra firme forest, disturbed areas and openings... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods and fruit. Has been noted as taking berries of Hamelia patens and Phytolacca, and small, hard green buds, and... read more
Breeding recorded in Oct in SE Brazil (Rio de Janeiro). Cup-nest of twigs, plant material and grass, occasionally leaves, placed in branch... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common and widespread. Deforestation has greatly reduced populations in SE & E Brazil. On the other hand, benefits from creation of small... read more
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