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Brown Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Francisco Paludo
Campina Grande do Sul, PR, Brazil, 2017
Orchesticus abeillei


17 cm- 18cm. A tanager with a plumage similar to that of a foliage-gleaner.

  • Brown plumage, more greyish on crown, nape and mantle
  • Cinnamon face, forecrown and eyebrow
  • Blackish line from lores through eye to nape
  • Thick blackish bill, sligthyl swollen

Sexes similar. Juveniles duller.


South America: found in the foothills of south-eastern Brazil (south Bahia and Minas Gerais to Paraná).
Uncommon to fairly common in its habitat.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Atlantic evergreen forest at 750-1,600 m above sea level2.


Frequently seen in mixed-species flocks often with similar looking Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner.


Feeds on insects. Takes also some fruit.
Forages in pairs or small groups high in the canopy.


Breeding recorded in October in Rio de Janeiro. One found nest was in a bromeliad on the side of a tree trunk and contained 2 pinkish, speckled brown and lavender eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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. Birdlife International species account read in October 2008
  4. Wikipedia

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