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Masked Crimson Tanager

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Photo © by Megan PerkinsAmazonia Lodge, Peru, 17 November 2005
Photo © by Megan Perkins
Amazonia Lodge, Peru, 17 November 2005
Ramphocelus nigrogularis


[edit] Identification

18 - 19 cm (7-7½ in)
Red plumage on head and most underparts, black mask from forehead and throat to behind eyes; black above with red lower back. Belly black. Sexes alike.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to lowlands of western Amazonia in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

[edit] Habitat

Low thick forests; flooded forest edges and along streams. Stays close to water.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Female builds a nest consisting of a bulky cup of dead leaves wrapped sparsely around adjacent stems and lays a clutch of 2-3 pale blue eggs with brown spots. Typically has more than two adult helpers at the nest.

[edit] Diet

Diet includes fruits, leaves, buds and nectar. It is an important pollinator of the Purple Coral-tree (Erythrina fusca).

[edit] Vocalisations

Dawn song a cheerful, semi-musical wheet chu, wheet, chu... or chuck wheet? chuck wheet? During the day, sings a different song of rich and gradual phrases such as wheeet, chu-chu wheeet wheeet, chu-chu wier wheeet. Both songs moderate to low pitched. Typical call-note is a high metallic tchi or tsit.

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[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. Hilty, S. (2019). Masked Crimson Tanager (Ramphocelus nigrogularis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 4 July 2019).
  3. Masked Crimson Tanager (Ramphocelus nigrogularis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

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