Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus)


Taxonomy

French: Tangara à galons blancs German: Schwarztangare Spanish: Tangara negra
Taxonomy:

Tangara rufa

Boddaert

, 1783,

Cayenne, French Guiana

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This species and T. coronatus are sister-species, and T. phoenicius is sister to both these. Despite extensive range, no regular geographical variation identified. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Nicaragua, Costa Rica (Caribbean coast), SW Panama (Caribbean slope and locally on Pacific slope), Colombia (N & NE, including base of Santa Marta Mts, most of Andean region, and locally E of Andes in llanos) and Venezuela (except S, including Margarita I) E to Trinidad and Tobago, the Guianas, and E Brazil (W Mato Grosso S to N Paraná) S to extreme E Bolivia, Paraguay and N Argentina (S to N Buenos Aires); also isolated populations in NW & SE Ecuador and N & SE Peru.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 25·7–42·5 g. Male is entirely glossy blue-black, except for white underwing-coverts (flash of white when bird in flight); small amount of white at... read more

Voice

Infrequently heard song in Venezuela, sometimes given in flight, a bouncy, chattery “chu... read more

Habitat

A non-forest species found in shrubby clearings, moist and humid forest borders, cultivated areas,... read more

Food and feeding

Of 22 stomachs examined, seven contained only vegetable matter and eleven only animal matter, and four contained both; contents included... read more

Breeding

Recorded in May in Panama, Feb, Apr, Jun and Oct in Venezuela (Mar–May in upper R Orinoco), Feb–Aug and Nov (mostly Apr–Jun) in Trinidad,... read more

Movements

Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common and reasonably widespread in suitable habitat in Venezuela and Colombia; scarce and local, but perhaps increasing, in Ecuador; widely... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2018). White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus). 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/61618 on 21 September 2018).