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Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Robert Iddings and Kevin J. Burns

Diet and Foraging


Saffron-crowned Tanager is the most frugivorous of any member of Tangara. Fruits in the diet include those of Cecropia spp., Morus sp., Miconia spp., and other members of the Melostomataceae (Ridgely and Gaulin 1980). The Saffron-crowned Tanager only spends time in leafy terminal foliage to search for berries (Hilty 2003). The other major source of food intake for the Saffron-Crowned Tanager is insects which it forages for in a distinctively way shared by other members of species Group 5 (see description under Behavior). Stomach contents (n = 15) included fruit pulp, berries, seeds, and insects (Isler and Isler 1987).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Iddings, R. and K. J. Burns (2012). Saffron-crowned Tanager (Tangara xanthocephala), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.