Distribution in the Americas
Plain-colored Tanagers are found in the Gulf-Caribbean slope and Northern South America zoogeographic regions, from the lowlands up to 1200 m (Parker et al. 1996, Ridgely and Tudor 1989). It occurs on the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica and Panama, on the Pacific slope of Panama from western Panama province east, and in northwestern Colombia. In Colombia, it occurs on the Pacific slope south to Valle del Cauca, and in the Caribbean lowlands in the Sinú, Cauca, and Magdalena valleys.
The Plain-colored Tanager is frequently found in the canopy of forest and woodland edges, woodland, tree-studded cleared areas adjacent to forest, second growth, gallery forest, and shaded cacao plantations (Willis and Eisenmann 1979, Isler and Isler 1987). The Plain-colored Tanager has been found in fruiting trees and shrubs (Isler and Isler 1987). It occurs from sea level to 1200 m; it extends only as high as 400 m in Costa Rica (Stiles and Skutch 1989) and up to 750 m in Panama (Ridgely and Gwynne 1989), but to 1200 m in Colombia (Hilty and Brown 1986).