Photo by edenwatcher
Copalinga Lodge, Ecuador, March 2006
- Cissopis leverianus
A large, long-tailed Tanager. Length 26-29 cm. Weight 69-76 g.
- Glossy blue-black head to upper back, neck, throat and chest to point on mid-breast, forming shaddy hood
- White middle back, scapulars, rump and uppertail-coverts
- Black-and-white long and strongly graduated tail
- Rest of wing black with some white edges
- White underparts below central breast
- Yellow eye
- Short and thick black bill
- Strong, blackish legs
Sexes similar, immatures resemble adults.
Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia.
A widespread and fairly common species.
Two subspecies recognized1:
The second part of the scientific name has been changed from leveriana to leverianus
River floodplains and forest edges among grass and shrubs.
Diet includes seed and fruits and insects.
Usually seen in pairs or family groups. Not found in mixed-species flocks but often associates with Black-throated Grosbeak.
It builds a cup shaped nest, lined with grass, leaves or other plant materials. 2 red/brown with brown spots eggs are laid.
A resident species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781
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