White-lined tanager in exhibit

White-lined Tanager

Scientific Name
Tachyphonus rufus
Geographic Range
Northern and eastern South America
Fruit, insects
White-lined tanager in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

More Information

White-lined tanagers are tropical, medium-sized perching birds. Males are black with a white patch under the beak and on the shoulder, which may not be very visible. Females are rufous (reddish-brown). These birds have short, pointed bills and are usually found in pairs or in mixed-species flocks. They have a large native range and do not migrate.

Did You Know?

  • White-lined tanagers live in South American countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Although they live in the Amazon rainforest region, these are not necessarily forest birds; they prefer open or semi-open areas and shrub edges.
  • Tanagers in general are short-necked songbirds with bright plumage, although their beaks vary by diet. They make up a very large family of birds that is restricted to the Americas.
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