French: Tersine hirondelle German: Schwalbentangare Spanish: Tangara golondrina
Sandwich Island; error = eastern Brazil.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. v. grisescens
Griscom, 1929 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
T. v. occidentalis
(P. L. Sclater, 1855) – E Panama (Darién), Colombia (except Santa Marta Mts), N Venezuela, Trinidad, the Guianas, W & E Ecuador, N & E Peru, N & W Brazil, NW & E Bolivia (except extreme SE) and NW Argentina.
T. v. viridis
(Illiger, 1811) – E & S Brazil (from Rio Grande do Norte, Bahia, Goiás and S Mato Grosso S to Rio Grande do Sul), NE Bolivia, Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
14 cm; 25·9–35 g. Short-tailed tanager with wide flat bill and short legs. Male nominate race has base of forehead, lores, ocular area (to just above eye) and... read more
Often heard call a high, slightly blurred or buzzy and metallic “tza-link” or “tz... read more
Dry, moist and humid forest borders, older second-growth woodland, shade trees over coffee, and... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and arthropods; proportions of fruit and insect matter in diet believed to vary seasonally. Feeds heavily on fruit, especially fat-... read more
Season mainly Feb–Jun in Colombia and Apr–May in Venezuela; in Brazil, Sept–Oct in Minas Gerais and various localities in... read more
Resident and short-distance migrant, possibly also nomadic. Local and seasonal in many regions,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread but local; in some areas seasonally common, although numbers highly variable. Possibly only a non-breeding visitor in E Panama. Occurs, at... read more
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