Magpie Tanager Cissopis leverianus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Marguerite C. Threlkeld and Kevin J. Burns


Nest is cup-shaped and usually disguised by foliage in the fork of the limbs of trees or shrubs. One nest was measured at about 3.5 m from the ground (Isler and Isler 1987). Twigs, grass, and other fibrous plant material are used as nesting material. Leaves are occasionally used as nesting material but are more often used as camouflage for the nest (Isler and Isler 1987, Hilty 2003, Hilty 2011). Eggs are dusty brown or reddish-brown with concentrated brown spots. Clutch is 2 eggs. Incubation period is 12 or 13 days. Nestling period is 15 days (Isler and Isler 1987, Hilty 2011).

Recommended Citation

Threlkeld, M. C. and K. J. Burns (2013). Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leverianus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.