White-throated Shrike-Tanager Lanio leucothorax


This species replaces the Black-throated Shrike-Tanager (Lanio aurantius) to the south, from southern Honduras south to northern Costa Rica over the Caribbean slope, before then reappearing in southwest Costa Rica to western Panama. Its plumage is generally similar to that of its northern counterpart, but males possess an obvious white throat and upper breast, while females have a brownish, rather than grayish throat. The White-throated Shrike-Tanager is usually found in pairs with mixed-species flocks, where its chattering calls serve to ‘steer’ the flock, and it normally perches relatively motionless, only occasionally seizing some insect that has been disturbed by the passage of another bird. The species is found in tall, humid lowland or foothill forest, from sea level to at least 750 m, and it is mainly seen in the midstory to lower canopy.

Help complete this species

There are many ways to contribute—we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. There's a role for everyone!

Learn more


© David L. Ross, Jr.

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

Recommended Citation

White-throated Shrike-Tanager (Lanio leucothorax), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wtstan1