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Black-goggled Tanager

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MalePhoto © by Luiz Itatiaia Park Hotel, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, May 2007
Photo © by Luiz
Itatiaia Park Hotel, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, May 2007
Trichothraupis melanops


[edit] Identification

16 cm (6¼ in)

FemalePhoto © by Xyko PaludoPilarzinho, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, July 2018
Photo © by Xyko Paludo
Pilarzinho, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, July 2018
  • Tawny underparts
  • Dull brownish-olive back and head
  • Black tail and wings
  • White speculum


  • Yellow crown patch (not always obvious)
  • Large black patch around the eyes (giving the species its name)

Female - similar but lacks the black goggles and the yellow crest.

[edit] Distribution

MalePhoto © by Rogerio Araújo Dias Brasilia, Brazil
Photo © by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Brasilia, Brazil

South America: found in eastern and southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina with a separate population in Peru, Bolivia and north-western Argentina.
Uncommon to fairly common. Andean population uncommon and local.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Low level rain forest, forest edges and woodland.
Occurs at 1000 - 1700m in the Andes (but much lower in Bolivia).

[edit] Behaviour

Usually in pairs or small groups, often in mixed-species flocks. An active and restless species.

[edit] Diet

Feeds on beetles, fruit, seeds and pieces of snail shell.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding recorded in October and November. The nest was a cup 1m up in bamboo and contained 3 young.

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. 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
  3. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7
  4. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - the passerines. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, USA. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  5. Wikipedia
  6. BF Member observations

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