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Silver-throated Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies frantzii
Photo by Cedric K
PFinca Dracula, Cerro Punta, Panama
Tangara icterocephala


Subspecies icterocephala

Photo by kitefarrago
Milpe, Pichincha, Ecuador, July 2016

13 cm. Mainly yellow, black streaks down its back, whitish throat bordered above with a black malar stripe. The wings and tail are black with pale green edgings. The sexes are similar, but adult females have duller and greener-tinged yellow plumage, and sometimes dark mottling on the crown. Immatures are much duller and greener, with dusky wings, tail, back streaks and malar stripe, a grey throat and darker green wing edging.[2]


Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, western Ecuador and Peru.



Three subspecies are recognized:[1]


Lower and middle levels of wet mountain forests and adjacent semi-open areas such as clearings with shade trees, second growth and woodland edges. [2]


It builds a compact cup shaped nest in a tree on a branch. 2 brown-blotched off-white eggs are laid. This species will raise two broods in a season.[2]

The diet includes small fruit, which is swallowed whole, insects and spiders. They are usually found in pairs, small groups, or as part of a mixed-species feeding flock.[2]


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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