Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-winged Shrike-tanager (Lanio versicolor)


French: Tangara versicolore German: Weißschulter-Würgertangare Spanish: Tangara aliblanca

T[achyphonus]. versicolor

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Yuracares, Bolivia


Despite close approach geographically by L. fulvus, which replaces this species N of R Amazon, the two are strongly differentiated genetically. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. v. versicolor (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – S of R Amazon in E Peru (S of R Marañón), W Brazil (E to R Tapajós) and N Bolivia.
  • L. v. parvus Berlepsch, 1912 – EC Brazil S of Amazon (from R Tapajós E to lower R Tocantins, S to Mato Grosso) and extreme NE Bolivia.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–15 cm; 13–20 g. Slender tanager with strong, sharply hooked bill, upper mandible with well-developed “tooth” on cutting edge. Male nominate race has head black, with dark... read more


    Commonest call a loud, forceful, often repeated “twéééu!”, explosive and descending, given as... read more


    Upper levels of humid terra firme, transitional and várzea forest, infrequently... read more

    Food and feeding

    Of four stomachs examined, one contained only vegetable matter and three contained only animal matter; contents were insects and fruit pulp... read more


    Nest-building and one nest with nestlings in Nov in SE Peru. Nest was cup-shaped, made from plant fibres woven in concentric rings, with... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common to common across almost entire Amazonian Basin S of Amazon. Occurs in numerous protected areas and parks, including Manu... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2018). White-winged Shrike-tanager (Lanio versicolor). 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 19 March 2018).