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Subspecies schrankii
Photog © by Stanley Jones
North of Tarapoto, San Martín, Peru, December, 2016
Tangara schrankii


12 cm (. A colourful tanager.

  • Mainly bright emerald-green plumage
  • Black forehead, supraloral line and narrow area around the eye
  • Black triangular patch on ear-coverts
  • Turquoise crescent in front of eye and bright turquoise margin behind black ear-coverts
  • Nape and side of neck green to golden-green, flecked and mottled with black
  • Emerald-green upperparts broadly streaked black
  • Bright yellow rump and undertail-coverts
  • Blackish tail edged green to greenish-blue
  • Bright emerald-green underparts, lower throat and all of central breast to belly bright yellow

Sexes similar, females slightly duller. Juveniles are dull greyish-brown.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.
Widespread and common in much of its range.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • T. s. schrankii:
  • T. s. venezuelana:
  • Tropical southern Venezuela (southern Bolívar and eastern Amazonas)


Found in humid terra firme forest and varzea forest, also in humid and wet foothill forest.
Occurs from lowlands up to 1200m, locally higher.



Feeds on fruits and some arthropods.
Usually in groups of up to 20 birds in mixed-species flocks, often together with Paradise Tanager.


Nesting recorded in July, August and October. The nest is cup-shaped and made of dried leaves, plant fibres and rootlets. It's placed up to 2m above the ground at the base of an understorey plant, a palm frond or a fern. Lays 2 eggs.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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. Avibase

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