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Red-billed Pied Tanager Lamprospiza melanoleuca


The Red-billed Pied Tanager is unmistakable with its red bill, and white underparts contrasting with the black back, head and throat. In the monospecific genus, Lamprospiza, the Red-billed Pied Tanager's taxonomic relationship to other tanagers in the family Thraupidae is unclear; however, a number of researchers and authors have noted its resemblance to the genus Cissopis. Mainly seen in mixed species flocks high up in the canopy, this tanager forages for fruits and insects while vocalizing frequently. Despite being difficult to study and having an unknown population status, the Red-billed Pied Tanager has not been placed on any threatened species lists due to its large geographic range.

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Recommended Citation

Red-billed Pied Tanager (Lamprospiza melanoleuca), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: