Family Puerto Rican Tanager (Nesospingidae)

Least Concern

Puerto Rican Tanager (Nesospingus speculiferus)


French: Pleureur de Porto Rico German: Brustflecken-Inseltangare Spanish: Tangara puertorriqueña

Chlorospingus (?) speculiferus


, 1875,

Puerto Rico




Mountains of Puerto Rico.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 28·7–40 g. Large size, rather drab plumage, with contrasting white throat, and fairly stout bill. Has head to below eye, including ear-coverts, dusky brown (hooded... read more


Noisy. Often gives loud, sharp “chewp” or “chuck”, sometimes extended into a chatter of varying... read more


Undisturbed humid pre-montane and montane forest, also second growth, palm forests, thickets and... read more

Food and feeding

Wide range of food items, including arthropods and fruits; noted as eating Cecropia and palm fruits. Stomach contents have... read more


Season Jan–Aug. Few nests reported. Open, cup-shaped nest, loosely woven from feathers and grass, placed at low to moderate height in small... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands EBA. Locally common. Common in many (but not all) of Puerto... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Puerto Rican Tanager (Nesospingus speculiferus). 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 March 2019).