Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Vulnerable

Masked Mountain-tanager (Tephrophilus wetmorei)


Taxonomy

French: Tangara de Wetmore German: Wetmorebergtangare Spanish: Tangara de Wetmore
Taxonomy:

Tephrophilus wetmorei

R. T. Moore

, 1934,

south-east end of Culebrillas Valley, Ecuador

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

C Andes of SW Colombia (Quindío, and S on both slopes in Cauca and Huila to Nariño), S through Ecuador (mostly on E slope, from Carchi, W Napo and W Morona-Santiago S to E Loja and S Zamora-Chinchipe) and adjacent NW Peru (along Piura–Cajamarca border).

Descriptive notes

20 cm; two birds 62 g and 63 g. Large, stubby-billed tanager with rather odd plumage pattern. Male has crown and nape yellowish-olive, becoming plain olive-green on back and... read more

Voice

Notably quiet. Infrequently heard song a rather long series of high-pitched “tsee” notes, variable... read more

Habitat

Low mossy forest and very humid elfin woodland, bamboo, and giant grasses at or near tree-line, and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and apparently some insects. Contents of one stomach a large number of seeds. Found singly, in pairs and in little groups up to four... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

No information.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Central Andean Páramo EBA. Generally rare to uncommon; localized. Estimated global population not exceeding 5000... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2018). Masked Mountain-tanager (Tephrophilus wetmorei). 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/61654 on 22 September 2018).