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Fawn-breasted Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Digitalbcon
Chicaque Natural Park, San Antonio del Tequendama, Cundinamarca, Colombia, July 2009
Pipraeidea melanonota


14cm. An unusual tanager with a short, wide bill with a small hook.

  • Medium blue crown and nape
  • Deep black broad mask
  • Dull blue mantle and back
  • Contrasting turquoise-blue lower back and rump
  • Dusky blue tail
  • Buffy cinnamon underparts, almost whitish-buff in some birds

Females are duller than males. Juveniles are dingy brownish-grey above without pattern.


Found throughout most of South America.
Widespread. Rare to fairly common in its range.



Two subspecies recognized:


Forest borders and light woodland.
Occurs in the Andes mostly from 1500 to 2500m, occasionally higher. As low as 400m in Venezuela.


Forages in the canopy, usually alone. Does only sometimes associate with mixed-species flocks.


Feeds mostly on berries, fruits, seeds and larvae.


Breeding recorded between March and August.


Some seasonal or nomadic movements known, but poorly understood.


  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

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