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Fulvous Shrike-Tanager Lanio fulvus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Ashley Morrison, Erik R. Funk, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns

Fulvous Shrike-Tanager is a reasonably widespread canopy-dwelling species of northern Amazonia, where it ranges from the Guianas west to eastern Ecuador and extreme northeastern Peru. Males are distinctive, characterized by their black head, wings and tail, with an ochraceous yellow mantle and underparts, and chestnut patch on the breast. In contrast, females are considerably duller, being dull ochraceous above and below, becoming yellower over the belly and ventral region, and they are also brighter on the rump. Relatively common in the canopy of tall lowland forest, nonetheless Fulvous Shrike-Tanager is not frequently encountered without knowledge of its relatively distinctive vocalizations. These shrike-tanagers are generally found in pairs and these birds act as leaders and sentinels for mixed-species flocks, their loud tchew calls serving to unite and mobilize the flock.


© Andrew Spencer

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

Recommended Citation

Morrison, A., E. R. Funk, C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2017). Fulvous Shrike-Tanager (Lanio fulvus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.