Black-headed Tanager Tangara cyanoptera



Conservation Status

The Black-headed Tanager has been listed by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species with a conservation status of Least Concern (BirdLife International 2014). It received this status as it is not globally threatened (Hilty 2011). It is common locally, for example, being listed as common in Colombia (Parker et al. 1996, Hilty 2003, Ridgely and Tudor 2009) and uncommon to locally fairly common in Venezuela (Restall et al. 2007).

 This species occurs in Canaima, Henri Pittier, Guatopo, Yacambú, Terepaima, Dinira, and Sierra Nevada National Parks in Venezuela, as well as others, affording it a good amount of protected habitat (Hilty 2011). It most likely also occurs in Perijá National Park in Venezuela, but this park is not well protected and therefore doesn’t offer as much protection as the others. This species' range includes a large amount of habitat that is not protected, but is suitable for this species, but this area is not likely to face serious risks in the foreseeable future (Hilty 2011).

This species has been listed as Least Concern as it has a large range of over 20,000 kilometers and though the population size has not been quantified and seems to be decreasing, this species is not believed to be falling under 10,000 breeding individuals (BirdLife International 2014).

Parker et al. (1996) considered the Black-headed Tanager of "low" conservation priority relative to other Neotropical birds.

Effects of human activity on populations

Parker et al. (1996) considered the Black-headed Tanager to have a low degree of sensitivity to human disturbance relative to other Neotropical birds (Parker et al. 1996). This species is particularly able to withstand human disturbance because it can effectively use disturbed woodlands, forest fragments (even smaller ones), coffee plantations, woodlots, the borders of mature forests, and other areas that are affected by humans (Hilty 2011). This helps protect these birds from deforestation effects that have drastic impacts on many other species.

Recommended Citation

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