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Plain-colored Tanager Tangara inornata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Yenice Zapata and Kevin J. Burns

Plain-colored Tanagers (Tangara inornata) occur in Costa Rica, Panama, and in northwestern Colombia. Their dull appearance is unusual among the Tangara tanagers, the majority of which have colorful, metallic and opalescent plumage. There are three subspecies, all of which forage at humid forest edges and in second growth woodland. The Plain-colored Tanager feeds mostly on fruit and insects. They usually are found in pairs or small groups ,but they sometimes join large mixed species flocks when foraging. Although the IUCN Red List assesses the conservation status of the Plain-colored Tanager as "Least Concern", there is little information on the population size or the population trends for this species. There also is minimal information known about the sexual behavior, population dynamics and demography of the Plain-colored Tanager.


© Eugene Morton

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

Recommended Citation

Zapata, Y. and K. J. Burns (2011). Plain-colored Tanager (Tangara inornata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.