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Masked Crimson Tanager Ramphocelus nigrogularis


Immediately identifiable by its stunningly red and black plumage, the Masked Crimson Tanager is endemic to upper Amazonia and is rarely found far from water, e.g. in várzea forest or oxbow lakes. It is usually found in groups, which generally keep reasonably low in the vegetation, and the species as a whole ranges from southeast Colombia south to northernmost Bolivia, and east into central Amazonian Brazil. Another species of Ramphocelus, the much more widespread and darker red Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo) sometimes forms mixed-species flocks with the Masked Crimson Tanager, but more frequently members of the present species forages apart from other birds.

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Recommended Citation

Masked Crimson Tanager (Ramphocelus nigrogularis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: