Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 7 subspecies
  • Authors: Shireen Alnqshabandi and Kevin J. Burns



Blue-necked Tanager is an active tanager (Isler and Isler 1987). Blue-necked Tanager perform acrobatic contortions, hanging upside down on slender branches. Forages mostly in the crowns of bushes and small trees; median foraging height was about 8 m off the ground; rarely went above 15 m (6%).


Blue-necked Tanager considered to be not territorial. The home range size is not documented.

Sexual Behavior

No information.

Social and interspecific behavior

The Blue-necked Tanager usually forages independent of mixed tanager flocks, generally in pairs or small groups; mostly frugivorous. Most individuals live in pairs or in small groups of 3-5 individuals. These groups may consist simply of parents and their offspring. Sometimes follow flocks containing other Tangara along forest borders.


No information.

Recommended Citation

Alnqshabandi, S. and K. J. Burns (2012). Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.