Cinnamon Tanager Schistochlamys ruficapillus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Amanda J. Gonzalez, Kevin J. Burns, and Casey H. Richart

Diet and Foraging


Cinnamon Tanager is an omnivore that mainly forages in lower trees and bushes and tends to forage higher when at the forest edge (Isler and Isler 1987). Of the stomach of of four specimens that were examined, one contained only vegetable matter, another only animal matter, and two contained both, including seeds, fruit, bees, ants, and beetles (Isler and Isler 1987). Cinnamon Tanager feeds mainly on fruit and plays an important role in seed dispersal with specific accounts of it consuming Miconia ligustroides (Melastomataceae) (Allenspach et al. 2012), Ocotea pulchella (Lauraceae) (Francisco and Galetti 2002), and Davilla rugosa (Dilleniaceae) (Francisco and Galetti 2002). Manhaes (2003) found that over a twelve month period in Ibitipoca State Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the diet of Cinnamon Tanager was 45.9% fruit, 25.6% arthropods, 16.3% flowers, 3.7% leaves, and 8.5% other, which included nectar, human food scraps, and galls.

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Gonzalez, A. J., K. J. Burns, and C. H. Richart (2015). Cinnamon Tanager (Schistochlamys ruficapillus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.