Brassy-breasted Tanager Tangara desmaresti

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Megan Morris and Kevin J. Burns


Conservation Status

BirdLife International (2011) estimates the geographic range of the Brassy-breasted Tanager to be approximately 220,000 km2. Based on its relatively large range and apparently stable population, the IUCN Red List status for this species is listed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2011). Parker et al. (1996) also classified the conservation priority for this species as “Low”. No information is available for the size estimate of the population, nor the population trend, but it is not believed that the population nears less than 10,000 individuals or that there has been a 10% or greater decline over the last ten years, as required by the IUCN red list to classify a species as Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2011).

Effects of human activity on populations

Human population and anthropogenic activity have dramatically altered the landscape of lowlands in South America. Natural habitat in southeastern Brazil has been compromised and replaced by rural development, plantations and partitioned by access roads, affecting populations of endemic and migratory tropical birds throughout. However, since the Brassy-breasted Tanager resides at higher elevations in the Atlantic Forest Region, its natural habitat has not been as dramatically altered as the lowland communities (Ridgely and Tudor 1989).

Recommended Citation

Morris, M. and K. J. Burns (2012). Brassy-breasted Tanager (Tangara desmaresti), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.