Family Chat-tanagers (Calyptophilidae)


Western Chat-tanager (Calyptophilus tertius)


French: Konichon d’Haïti German: Haitischmätzertangare Spanish: Tangara haitiana

Calyptophilus frugivorus tertius


, 1929,

higher slopes of Morne La Hotte, Haiti


Often treated as conspecific with C. frugivorus, and despite molecular findings#R#R and morphological evidence this may still be appropriate, but differences appear to be strong, involving larger size with much longer tail (allow 2); lack of yellow eyering (3); darker, greyer upperparts (at least 1); and darker, chestnut-tinged chocolate tail (1); concerted study of all taxa needed. Proposed race selleanus (described from Morne Malanga, Haiti) long considered a synonym of tertius (not of C. f. frugivorus as stated in HBW), but re-appraisal of its validity potentially required#R#R. Monotypic.

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SW Haiti (Massif de la Hotte and Massif de la Selle) and adjacent SW Dominican Republic (Sierra de Bahoruco).

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm; 40·2–55·3 g. Dull species with rather long and pointed bill and large, strong legs and feet; long tail, slightly rounded at tip, imparts a general shape not unlike... read more


Song, by both sexes, mostly at dawn, “wee-chee-chee-chee”, quite similar to that of C.... read more


Broadleaf forest and dense thickets, especially in ravines and near water, much as for C.... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Diet probably primarily small invertebrates, with small amount of fruit. In pairs; secretive. Details apparently similar to those... read more


Two nests found, in mid-May and early Jun; season probably May–Jul. Nest is coarsely built, partially domed, bulky structure, placed 1–1·5... read more



Status and conservation

Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Rare to locally fairly common. Race abbotti, confined to Gonâve I, has not been reported for... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Western Chat-tanager (Calyptophilus tertius). 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 7 December 2019).