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Crimson-collared Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo by John Keep
Hotel Gavilan near La Selva, Costa Rica, March 2006
Ramphocelus sanguinolentus



  • Black plumage
  • Red nape, neck and breast forming a collar
  • Red tail coverts
  • Pale blue bill
  • Blue grey legs

Juvenile Similar to adult

  • Dull red hood
  • Black plumage is tinged brown
  • Red and black mottled breast
  • Duller bill

Similar Species

Crimson-collared Grosbeak


Central America from southeast Mexico to Panama.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • R. s. sanguinolentus:
  • R. s. apricus:
  • Caribbean slope of eastern Honduras to north-western Panama (Almirante Bay)


Rain Forest and second growth and semi-open areas, observed at heights around 1,524 m (5,000 ft).


The cup shaped nest is made from moss, roots and strips of large leaves. The clutch consists of 2 pale blue eggs with blackish spots.


Call: ssi-p
Song: tueee-teew, chu-chee-wee-chu, teweee.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Wikipedia

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