Blue-backed Tanager Cyanicterus cyanicterus



Conservation Status

The Blue-backed Tanager is currently listed on the IUCN Redlist under ‘Least Concern,’ due to its large distribution of 396,000 km2 and a rate of decline not approaching the threshold needed for a classification of ‘Vulnerable’ (Birdlife International 2015). Despite having such a large range, C. cyanicterus is uncommon and unknown demographically. The species is considered highly sensitive to human disturbance but ranked as low conservation priority by Parker et. al (1996).

Effects of human activity on populations

The range in which the Blue-backed Tanagers is found has not undergone extensive deforestation (Hilty 2011). The occurrences of C. cyanicterus at the edges of forests also suggest that the edge-effects of deforestation may not pose a threat. This species appears to occur normally in low frequencies, but this low abundance may be affected by how difficult it is to detect (Hilty 2011).

Recommended Citation

Blue-backed Tanager (Cyanicterus cyanicterus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: