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Black-throated Shrike-Tanager

From Opus

Alternative name: Great Shrike-Tanager

Lanio aurantius


[edit] Identification

19 - 20cm. A slender tanager with a fairly long tail and a hooked bill.

[edit] Male

  • Black head and throat
  • Black upperwing with white tipped lesser wing-coverts (usually concealed by scapulars)
  • Black tail
  • Yellow rest of plumage

[edit] Female

  • Grey head with olive tinge on crown
  • Tawny-brown upperparts with strong rufescent tinge on rump and tail
  • Grey throat (paler than head)
  • Yellow breast and belly with olive wash on chest, sides and flanks

Immature male similar to female but brighter yellow below.

[edit] Distribution

Central America: found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, only on the Caribbean slope.
Locally fairly common.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Has in the past been considered conspecific with White-throated Shrike-Tanager2 and may form a superspecies with it.

[edit] Habitat

Low to mid elevation humid forests.
From sea-level up to 1200m but most records below 750m.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on insects.
Practises flycatcher-like behavior, sallying out for insects from a perch. Usually seen in pairs and almost always in mixed-species flocks.
No information on breeding.
A resident species. Some possible wandering in winter recorded.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Howell & Webb, 1995. A guide to the birds of Mexico and northern Central America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198540124
  3. 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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