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Seven-colored Tanager Tangara fastuosa

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Allan Cabrero, Shannon E. Walsh, and Kevin J. Burns


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Seven-colored Tanager
eBird range map for Seven-colored Tanager

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Seven-colored Tanager is resident in the humid Atlantic coastal forests in northeastern Brazil. Although Seven-colored Tanager prefers humid forests, it has also been observed further inland in isolated forests within the dry caatinga (Silveira et al. 2003a). This species is found primarily in the states of Paraiba, Pernambuco and Alagoas, although some have been observed in the state of Rio Grande do Norte (Silveira et al. 2003a). The center of elevational abundance is in the lower tropical zone (Parker et al. 1996). The species occurs primarily from the lowlands to about 850 m in elevation (Isler and Isler 1987). Seven-colored Tanager species occurs in the Atlantic Forest Zoogeographic Region as defined by Parker et al. (1996).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to Brazil.


Seven-colored Tanager occupies a variety of habitats within the Atlantic Forest (Silveira et al. 2003a), ranging from undisturbed mature forest to degraded second growth (Silveira et al. 2003a). Other habitats include edges of lowland and montane forests, in addition to scrub and orchards near the forest fragments (Silveira et al. 2003a). Parker et al. (1996) classify the primary habitat as tropical lowland evergreen forest, with additional use of secondary forests.

Historical changes

Due to severe habitat loss in the Atlantic Forest, it is presumed that the Seven-colored Tanager previously had a much wider distribution (Silveira et al. 2003a, Silveira et al. 2003b, Cardoso da Silva et al. 2004).

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Cabrero, A., S. E. Walsh, and K. J. Burns (2015). Seven-colored Tanager (Tangara fastuosa), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.