Black-faced Tanager Schistochlamys melanopis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: M. Perroud and Kevin J. Burns

The Black-faced Tanager is fairly common but local in savanna habitats throughout northern South America. Ranging from Colombia and Venezuela south to Peru, Bolivia and eastern Brazil, the Black-faced Tanager does not occur in regions with dense forest or open grassland, preferring habitats with a mix of trees and grass. The adult is gray overall with a black head and bib and a black bill with bluish-gray base. Immatures, yellow-green overall with a yellow eye-ring, are dramatically different in appearance. The rich, melodic song is often delivered from an isolated tree or shrub. Generally Black-faced Tanagers occur in small groups, possibly family parties, that occasionally join flocks of other species.


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

Recommended Citation

Perroud, M. and K. J. Burns (2010). Black-faced Tanager (Schistochlamys melanopis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.