French: Calliste varié German: Rotbauchtangare Spanish: Tangara velia
Subspecies and Distribution
T. v. iridina
(Hartlaub, 1841) – E Colombia (from NW Meta and S Vichada) S to E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia (S to Beni), E to S Venezuela (Amazonas and Bolívar) and W Amazonian Brazil (E to R Negro, lower R Tapajós and NW Mato Grosso).
T. v. velia
(Linnaeus, 1758) – the Guianas and N Brazil N of R Amazon (from R Negro E to Pará).
T. v. signata
(Hellmayr, 1905) – NE Brazil (NE Pará).
12–14 cm; 19–23 g. Dark tanager with marked geographical variation in plumage. Nominate race has crown and nape to back and scapulars deep velvety black, rump... read more
Calls during foraging high, thin, rapid bursts of “sit” and “sit” and... read more
Treetops in humid terra firme and várzea forest, less often forest borders... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and arthropods; three stomachs contained only fruit. Pairs or small groups move in and out of canopy mixed-species flocks, often... read more
Begging juvenile followed three adults on 18th Sept in Colombia (NE Guainía); eggs reported as being greyish-white, thickly dotted... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common in Amazonia, where widespread; isolated E race cyanomelas uncommon and very localized. Occurs in numerous... read more
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