Silvery Tanager Tangara viridicollis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: M. Villalobos and Kevin J. Burns

The Silvery Tanager is found in the Andes of Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, mostly near forest edges. The species is sometimes referred to as Silver-backed or Silvery-backed Tanager, based on the plumage of males. This is one of the most sexual dichromatic  members of the genus Tangara, however, and females have mostly green plumage. There are two subspecies, one found in Peru and the other in Ecuador and northwestern Peru. Silvery Tanagers are omnivorous, with a diet of both fruit and arthropods. They are mainly found in pairs and in groups of about 3-5 birds, but also travel alone or in mixed flocks with different bird species. There is no information on their breeding behavior. The Silvery Tanager is given the conservation classification of Least Concern by the IUCN (BirdLife International 2011).


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

Recommended Citation

Villalobos, M. and K. J. Burns (2012). Silvery Tanager (Tangara viridicollis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.