Scrub Tanager Tangara vitriolina


The Scrub Tanager is a common open country bird of the Colombian and Ecuadorian Andes. Due to its preference for scrub and burshy areas, it is most easily found in dry intermontane ‘rainshadow’ valleys but is expanding into more humid areas in the wake of human disturbance. Though quite drab relative to the other members of this spectacular genus, the Scrub Tanager is still attractive and identified by its silvery greenish plumage, rust-colored cap and black mask. In further contrast to this typically gregarious genus, the Scrub Tanager most often is encountered as solitary pairs, although it occasionally joins other species at fruiting trees.

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Recommended Citation

Scrub Tanager (Tangara vitriolina), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: