Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)


Taxonomy

French: Tangara à bec d’argent German: Purpurtangare Spanish: Tangara picoplata
Taxonomy:

Lanius (Carbo

) Pallas

, 1764,

Suriname

.

See R. melanogaster (above) and R. bresilius (below). Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. c. capitalis J. A. Allen, 1892 – NE Venezuela (Anzoátegui E to Paria Peninsula, S to Monagas and Delta Amacuro).
  • R. c. magnirostris Lafresnaye, 1853 – SE Sucre, in NE Venezuela; Trinidad.
  • R. c. venezuelensis Lafresnaye, 1853 – E base of Andes in N & W Venezuela (Falcón E to Miranda, S to Táchira) and Colombia (Arauca, Boyacá).
  • R. c. unicolor P. L. Sclater, 1856 – E base of Andes in Colombia (from Casanare region S to Meta).
  • R. c. carbo (Pallas, 1764) – SE Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru (S to Ucayali), Venezuela S of R Orinoco, the Guianas, and N, W & C Brazil (S to N Mato Grosso).
  • R. c. connectens Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896 – SE Peru and adjacent NW Bolivia.
  • R. c. atrosericeus d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 – N & E Bolivia.
  • R. c. centralis Hellmayr, 1920 – E Brazil (C Mato Grosso E to Bahia, Minas Gerais and N São Paulo) S to NE Paraguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; 21·5–27 g (atrosericeus), 23·5–37·5 g (other races). Dark tanager with heavy bill, lower mandible greatly expanded... read more

    Voice

    Dawn song (occasionally later in day) an energetic and semi-musical but rather repetitive series of... read more

    Habitat

    Bushy forest borders, overgrown clearings, second growth, shrubbery around habitations, and bushy... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods and fruit; occasionally eats flowers (possibly for nectar) or drinks nectar. About half of diet is fruit, especially melastome... read more

    Breeding

    Breeding reported in Jan–Mar in E Colombia, Apr and May in Venezuela, Dec–Sept in Trinidad, Dec–Aug in Suriname and Jul and Aug in French... read more

    Movements

    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common and widespread E of Andes and across Amazonia. Occurs in parks and reserves throughout its range, and is found also in vast areas of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo). 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/61628 on 13 December 2019).