White-lined tanager

Latin Name
Tachyphonus rufus

Class
Birds

Order
Passeriformes

Description

Medium-sized songbirds, white-lined tanagers are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. Males display black plumage, with white markings beneath the wing, while females are reddish-brown.


 

Range

White-lined tanagers can be found in Central and South America, ranging from Costa Rica to northern Argentina. They also inhabit the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.


Status

The white-lined tanager is common throughout its range.


Habitat

This bird can be found in forest edges and other semi-open areas, including parklands and gardens.


Niche

White-lined tanagers feed on rainforest fruits and seeds, with insects also being part of their diet.


Life History

Breeding pairs are territorial, excluding other white-lined tanagers from their area. The female lays two–three eggs in a cup-shaped nest, incubating them for approximately 15 days before they hatch.




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