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Tanagers – Species Information

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Blue Dacnis
Paradise Tanager

Typical” colorful Tanagers – Genus Thraupis and Genus Tangara

  • Range: Occur naturally in Central and South America.
  • Species: Combined about 60 species – amongst them the most spectacular birds of the world.

Dacnis – Genus: Dacnis / Photos

  • Range: Central and South America.
  • Species: White-bellied Dacnis, Black-faced Dacnis, Yellow-tufted Dacnis, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Black-legged Dacnis, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Blue Dacnis, Viridian Dacnis, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, Turquoise Dacnis

Mountain Tanagers – Genus: Anisognathus / Photos

  • Range: South America
  • Species: Santa Marta Mountain-tanager, Mountain-tanager or “Lachrymose” Mountain-Tanager”, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-tanager, Black-chinned Mountain-tanager

Honeycreepers – Genus: Nitidus

  • Range: Tropical New World from Mexico south to Brazil
  • Species: Short-billed Honeycreeper, Shining Honeycreeper, Purple Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Turquoise Honeycreeper

Grass-Finches – Genus: Emberizoides

  • Range: Central and South America
  • Species: Wedge-tailed Grass-finch, Duida Grass-finch, Lesser (or Grey-cheeked) Grass-finch

Shrike-tanagers – Genus: Lanio

  • Range: Mexico, Central and South America
  • Species: Fulvous Shrike-tanager, White-winged Shrike-tanager, Black-throated Shrike-tanager, White-throated Shrike-tanager

Bush-Tanagers – Genus: Chlorospingus

  • Disputed Taxonomy: Traditionally placed in the tanager family (Thraupidae); however, recent studies, suggest that they are closely related to the genus Arremonops in the Emberizidae family (Buntings and American sparrows)
  • Range: Central and South America
  • Species: Common or Brown-headed Bush-tanager, Dusky-headed Bush-tanager, White-fronted Bush-tanager, Dwight’s Bush-tanager, Wetmore’s Bush-tanager, Tacarcuna Bush-tanager, Pirre Bush-tanager, Dusky Bush-tanager, Sooty-capped Bush-tanager, Yellow-whiskered Bush-tanager or Short-billed Bush-tanager, Yellow-throated Bush-tanager, Yellow-green Bush-tanager, Ashy-throated Bush-tanager

Flowerpiercers – Genera: Diglossa and Diglossopis

  • Range: Central and South America
  • Named for their habit of piercing the base of flowers to access the nectar inside.

Blue Finches or Yellow-billed Finches – Genus: Porphyrospiza

  • Range: North-east and central Brazil
  • Monotypic (only one species)

Typical Seedeaters – Genus: Sporophila

Azure-rumped or Cabanis Tanagers (Tangara cabanisi)

Black-and-white Tanager (Conothraupis speculigera)

Black and Yellow Tanager (Chrysothlypis chrysomelaena)

Black-crowned Palm Tanager (Phaenicophilus palmarum)

Brown Tanager (Orchesticus abeillei)

Cherrie’s Tanager (Ramphocelus costaricensis)Blue-winged Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus somptuosus)

Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus)

Crimson-collared Tanager (Ramphocelus sanguinolentus)

Dusky-faced Tanager (Mitrospingus cassinii)

Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanonota)

Flame-colored Tanager aka Striped Tanager, Swainson’s Tanager (Piranga bidentata) – NOTE: Now classified as a cardinal

Glistening-green Tanager (Chlorochrysa phoenicotis)

Grass Green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferii)

Gray-headed Tanager (Eucometis penicillata)

Hepatic Tanager (Piranga flava)

Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus)

Masked Crimson Tanager (Ramphocelus nigrogularis)

Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leveriana)

Mourning Sierra Finch (Phrygilus fruticeti)

Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima)

Olive-green Tanager (Orthogonys chloricterus)

Olive Tanager (Chlorothraupis carmioli)

Orange-eared Tanager (Chlorochrysa calliparaea)

Orange-headed Tanager (Thlypopsis sordida)

Passerini’s Tanager (Ramphocelus passerinii)

Puerto Rican Tanager (Nesospingus speculiferus)

Red-billed Pied Tanager (Lamprospiza melanoleuca)

Palm Tanager, Thraupis palmarum

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)

Scarlet-throated Tanager (Compsothraupis loricata)

Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)

Stripe-headed Tanager (Spindalis zena – Western Spindalis)

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)

Swallow Tanager (Tersina viridis)

Tawny-crested Tanager (Tachyphonus delatrii)

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)

White-capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata)

White-banded Tanager (Neothraupis fasciata)

White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus)

White-rumped Tanager (Cypsnagra hirundinacea)

White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus)

From top to bottom - blue-grey tanager, yellow oriole and palm tanager

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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