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Dotted Tanager Ixothraupis varia


The Dotted Tanager is a generally rare, but perhaps also under-recorded tanager, of the extreme lowlands of southern Venezuela, and the southern Guianas, to central Amazonia. Its range is almost certainly broader than currently suspected, witness the species’ comparatively recent discovery in northeastern Peru. Despite its name, the ‘spots’ are faint and not easily seen, especially in females. Most of the plumage is deep green with turquoise-blue on the wings and tail, and yellow on the central belly, which patch may be more pronounced in females. Most observations are of singles foraging in the crowns of trees with mixed-species flocks.

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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: