Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Masked Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta)


Taxonomy

French: Calliste masqué German: Schwarzbrusttangare Spanish: Tangara pechinegra
Taxonomy:

Aglaia nigro-cincta

Bonaparte

, 1838,

locality uncertain, north-eastern Peru

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See T. argentea, also T. larvata. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Colombia (from Meta and E Vichada) S to E Peru and N & E Bolivia (to NW Santa Cruz) and E to S Venezuela (S of R Orinoco), Guyana and N Brazil (N Roraima) and, S of R Amazon, to SC Pará and W Mato Grosso.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 15–17·8 g. Small, mostly bluish and black tanager with plumage that looks somewhat faded. Male has head, neck and throat mostly pale lavender-blue, black lores and... read more

Voice

Calls include bursts of high, staccato ticking notes, also “tsit” or “chit”, with hard, gravelly... read more

Habitat

Humid-forest borders, patches of forest, overgrown clearings with scattered trees and shrubs, and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mostly fruit (especially small berries) from wide variety of melastomes and other forest-edge species; also arthropods. Five stomachs... read more

Breeding

Two birds in breeding condition in Jan in NW Brazil. In captivity: built cup-nest; eggs white, heavily spotted brown; incubation by female... read more

Movements

Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon, generally found in small numbers; widespread across W Amazonia. Occurs in Canaima, Duida-Marahuaca, Jaua-Sarisariñama and Yapacana National... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Masked Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta). 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/61711 on 19 May 2019).