Dusky-faced Tanager Mitrospingus cassinii

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Mitrospingidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: David Ocampo and Alejandro Montoya

Dusky-faced Tanager is locally fairly common on the Caribbean slope of Central America and in Andean foothills of northwestern South America. They strongly prefer streamside areas, but can be found in other edge zones with shrubby undergrowth. Almost always low in the undergrowth, these tanagers tend to stay under cover in thick vegetation. They travel in noisy single-species groups, only rarely mixing with other species. They forage by pecking and rummaging, and have a habit of flicking their wings and tail. Although they can be difficult to see, they are distinctive in appearance, and almost reminiscent of icterids (New World blackbirds). Note the pale eye, black upperparts, and dingy yellow chest and belly. Dusky-faced Tanager is a loud species, constantly giving harsh, chattering notes.


© David L. Ross, Jr.

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Ocampo, D. and A. Montoya (2014). Dusky-faced Tanager (Mitrospingus cassinii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.duftan1.01