Rufous-cheeked Tanager Tangara rufigenis


The Rufous-cheeked Tanager, which is endemic to the northern coastal cordillera of Venezuela, is a beautiful bird, largely turquoise-green, with a clear rufous cheek-stripe and a buffy stripe over the central belly, which becomes more deeply saturated ventrally and broadens to cover the entire undertail coverts. It is a generally uncommon member of mixed-species foraging flocks in montane forest at elevations of 900–2000 m, usually searching the outer foliage for small berries, especially melastomes. The Rufous-cheeked Tanager generally remains in the middle and higher levels of the forest, only occasionally descending lower, and then typically at edges. Fortunately, despite that it is not a common Tangara, to date there is no evidence to suggest that the species is declining rapidly or that its habitat is under substantial threat.

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Recommended Citation

Rufous-cheeked Tanager (Tangara rufigenis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: