Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas



Conservation Status

The conservation status of the Yellow-winged Tanager has been listed by the IUCN Red List as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2011). It received this categorization due to its large estimated range, about 584,000 km2, and relatively stable population size, an estimated 50,000-4,999,999 individuals. Their range encompasses numerous protected areas in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and possibly Nicaragua. They face no serious near-term threats and have actually benefitted from and adapted to human settlement and partial deforestation (Hilty 2011). Parker et al. (1996) considered this species of "low" conservation priority relative to other Neotropical birds.

Effects of human activity on populations

Parker et al. (1996) considered the Yellow-winged Tanager to have a "low" degree of sensitivity to human disturbance relative to other Neotropical birds. Human activity has had little negative effect on the size and range of this species and they have successfully adapted to a variety of second-growth forests and disturbed habitats (Hilty 2011). This species will readily colonize any area that is disturbed or opened up by humans such as orchards, plantations, parks, etc. and shows a preference for inhabited districts (Dickey and Van Rossem 1938, Isler and Isler 1987).

Recommended Citation

Yellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: