Brazilian Tanager Ramphocelus bresilius


Despite its name, the Brazilian Tanager is not, quite, endemic to the lowlands of the Atlantic Forest biome of eastern Brazil, being also found in extreme northeast Argentina. Males are impossible mistake, being brilliant scarlet-red with a black tail and wings, and a very obviously pale mandible to the bill. Females, on the other hand, are less distinctively plumaged and recall, to some extent, females of other Ramphocelus tanagers, or even some Tachyphonus, but are generally much redder over the underparts than any similar species. There is no known overlap with the congeneric and much more widespread Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo), which is substantially darker in both sexes than the present species, although the two probably come close in various parts of eastern Brazil.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: