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Tangara preciosa

Chestnut-backed Tanager

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae


Tangara preciosa

Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; 2 July 2010 © Cláudio Dias Timm

Endemic to the southern Atlantic Forest, the stunningly attractive and virtually unmistakable Chestnut-backed Tanager occurs from São Paulo south to Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, as well as more narrowly ranging into adjacent northeast Argentina, Uruguay, and southeast Paraguay. At least formerly, this species was often treated as being conspecific with the Black-backed Tanager (Tangara peruviana), as the two were believed to represent nothing more than color morphs. They are only really separable in male plumage; as their names suggest, it is the color of the mantle, black in Tangara peruviana, and coppery rufous in Tangara preciosa, which is key to their identification. The present species is found in mature forest, perhaps especially near its borders, to at least 1000 m, and appears to show some preference for areas with a relative abundance of Araucaria (monkey-puzzle) trees. The Chestnut-backed Tanager is typically found in pairs, often within mixed-species flocks of insectivores.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Chestnut-backed Tanager (Tangara preciosa), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Intratropical Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Southern temperate forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Pairs/Family Groups
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern