Spotted Tanager Ixothraupis punctata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Aileen Pansacula and Kevin J. Burns


Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List assesses that the conservation status of the Spotted Tanager is "Least Concern" (BirdLife International 2011). This is due to the comparatively large range that does not come close to the thresholds for classify the species as Vulnerable. Although the population trend of this bird appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for vulnerable under the IUCN's criterion (> 30% decline over ten years or three generations) (Birdlife International 2011).

Effects of human activity on populations

Due to habitat destruction, the population of the Spotted Tanager is suspected to be in decline (Birdlife International 2011). Parker et al. (1996) consider its sensitivity to disturbance to be "high" compared to other neotropical birds.

Recommended Citation

Pansacula, A. and K. J. Burns (2012). Spotted Tanager (Ixothraupis punctata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.