Family Mitrospingid Tanagers (Mitrospingidae)

Least Concern

Red-billed Pied Tanager (Lamprospiza melanoleuca)


French: Lamprospize noir et blanc German: Rotschnabel-Stärlingstangare Spanish: Tangara piquirroja

Saltator melanoleucus


, 1817,

French Guiana




Lowlands of E & SE Peru (S Loreto S to Madre de Dios and N Puno) and N Bolivia (Beni) E across C & E Brazil (NW Mato Grosso, E Amazonas and Pará) to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 24–42 g, mean 31–32 g. Male has head and entire upperparts including upperwing-coverts, flight-feathers and fairly long tail, glossy blue-black;... read more


Flocks sometimes quite vocal, giving fairly high-pitched, hard piercing calls, in fairly rapid... read more


Mainly high canopy and emergent trees of tall to very tall, humid terra firme forest, less... read more

Food and feeding

Observed to feed on Cecropia catkins. Stomach contents included berries and seeds, also beetles (Coleoptera). Wide-ranging, and... read more


Female sitting at nest recorded in Amazonas State in Feb. There are also records of a flock with two fledged young in Mato Grosso in Aug... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon. Occurs at low density, in part because of large foraging territories. Requires mature terra firme forest. Has... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2018). Red-billed Pied Tanager (Lamprospiza melanoleuca). 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 12 December 2018).