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Tangara lavinia

Rufous-winged Tanager

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies

Authors: Grande, Geramie, and Kevin J. Burns

Tangara lavinia

Bahia Solano, Colombia; 31 October 2009 © Rodrigo Gaviria

The Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia) is a brightly colored species of the genus Tangara. Its name derives from the copper-red shading of the wing, which is more prominent in males than females. The Rufous-winged Tanager has a wide geographic distribution, spanning both Central and South America from Guatemala to Ecuador. Like many species of Tangara, it is omnivorous, with a diet consisting of both fruits and arthropods. There are three subspecies within the Rufous-winged Tanager, distinctively identified by the extent to which blue replaces green on the underparts of males (Isler and Isler 1999). The Rufous-winged Tanager and Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola) are closely related to each other and similar in plumage, but the copper-red color on the wings of the Rufous-wingedTtanager is diagnostic.

Recommended Citation

Grande, Geramie, and Kevin J. Burns. 2012. Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern