Dotted Tanager Ixothraupis varia



Distinguishing Characteristics

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Detailed Description

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Tanagers that have been studied have either a Complex Basic Strategy or Complex Alternative Strategy (Ryder and Wolf 2009). However, most tanagers only molt once a year (Isler and Isler 1987), and this prebasic molt likely occurs after the breeding season (Isler and Isler 1987, Ryder and Wolfe 2009). Many species have been found to breed in subadult plumage (Isler and Isler 1987). In many species of Tangara, the preformative molt is partial (Ryder and Wolfe 2009). More specific information on molt and its timing is not available for this species.

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Length: 11-11.5cm (Restall et al. 2007) 4.5” (Ridgely and Tudor 2009)

Mass: 10 g (Sick 1993) n=1

Recommended Citation

Dotted Tanager (Ixothraupis varia), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: