Red-necked Tanager Tangara cyanocephala

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Heather Macdonald Macdonald and Kevin J. Burns



Main foraging strata is the canopy (Isler and Isler 1987, Ridgley and Tudor 1989, Parker et al. 1996), but will also forage at lower heights for fruits in bushes or trees at forest edge (Isler and Isler 1987, Ridgley and Tudor 1989, Ridgely and Tudor 2009). Described by Ridgely and Tudor (1989) as foraging actively. 

Social and interspecific behavior

This species usually occurs in pairs or small intraspecific groups of 4 or more individuals and will frequently join mixed flocks (Davis 1946, Isler and Isler 1987, Ridgley and Tudor 1989, 2009).  Regularly occurs with Gilt-edged Tanager (T. cyanoventris) in the mountains; otherwise, often occurs with Green-headed Tanager (T. seledon) (Sick 1993).

Recommended Citation

Macdonald, H. M. and K. J. Burns (2012). Red-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanocephala), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.