Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Masked Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta)


French: Calliste masqué German: Schwarzbrusttangare Spanish: Tangara pechinegra

Aglaia nigro-cincta


, 1838,

locality uncertain, north-eastern Peru


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


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


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


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


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


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 on 19 May 2019).