Brazilian Tanager Ramphocelus bresilius



  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Brazilian Tanager
eBird range map for Brazilian Tanager

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The Brazilian Tanager is found near the coast of eastern Brazil, from Paraiba to Santa Catarina (Isler and Isler 1987). Individuals in the extreme southern part of the range may migrate (Hilty 2011). Generally occurs below 400 meters (Ridgely and Tudor 1989) around sea level, but has a maximum elevation of 800 meters (Parker et al. 1996). There are also a few reports of a small population in northern Argentina along the Rio Uruguay in Misiones (Ridgely and Tudor 1989), but these may be escaped caged birds (Hilty 2011). The center of elevational abundance is in the lower tropical zone (Parker et al. 1996). This species occurs in a single Zoogeographic Region, the Atlantic Forest (Parker et al. 1996).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to South America.


Parker et al. (1996) list the primary habitat as secondary forests. Additional habitats used by this species include the following, in decreasing order of importance: gallery forests, river-edge forests, and white sand forests (Parker et al. 1996). Generally occurs near water in bushes or trees and can be found near marsh areas of the forest (Isler and Isler 1987). This species is also found in more urban environments like parks and large gardens (Isler and Isler 1987) and is somewhat frequent in the southern coastal lowlands of the cities of Rio de Janeiro and northeastern Sao Paulo.

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

Recommended Citation

Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: