Rufous-winged Tanager Tangara lavinia

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Geramie Grande and Kevin J. Burns

The Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia) is a brightly colored species of the genus Tangara. Its name derives from the copper-red shading of the wing, which is more prominent in males than females. The Rufous-winged Tanager has a wide geographic distribution, spanning both Central and South America from Guatemala to Ecuador. Like many species of Tangara, it is omnivorous, with a diet consisting of both fruits and arthropods. There are three subspecies within the Rufous-winged Tanager, distinctively identified by the extent to which blue replaces green on the underparts of males (Isler and Isler 1999). The Rufous-winged Tanager and Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola) are closely related to each other and similar in plumage, but the copper-red color on the wings of the Rufous-wingedTtanager is diagnostic.


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

Recommended Citation

Grande, G. and K. J. Burns (2012). Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.