Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum



  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Palm Tanager
eBird range map for Palm Tanager

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Palm Tanagers cover a majority of the north half of South America. This range is as north as Nicaragua, east as the Atlantic Ocean shoreline of Brazil, south as Paraguay, and as far west as the Pacific shoreline of Ecuador. The elevation range of these tanagers start at sea level to 2200 meters. They are most prominent below 1200m and in Colombia, but are found at 2600 m (Isler and Isler 1987). According to Parker et al. (1996) the center of abundance for this species is at a lower tropical elevation zone and this species occurs in the following Zoogeographic Regions: Northern South America, Northern Amazonia, Southern Amazonia, Tepui, Central South America Atlantic Forest, Choco Lowlands.
Status: permanent resident, common

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


The Palm Tanager thrives in a variety of habitats. It is seen in shrubbery clearings, second growth, gallery forest, forest edges and the canopy of the humid forest. Basically this species is common where palm trees are numerous, especially on lower Andean slopes (Ingels 1983, Isler and Isler 1987, Hilty 2011). Parker et al. (1996) lists the primary habitat as the edge of the tropical lowland evergreen forest. Additional habitats used by this species include the following in decreasing order of importance: secondary forest, gallery forest, montane evergreen forest, flooded tropical evergreen and white sand forest (Parker et al. 1996).

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Recommended Citation

Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: