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Opal-rumped Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Luiz
Manaus, Amazonas, Brasil, May 2015
Tangara velia

Includes Silver-breasted Tanager


Subspecies iridina (eating a ficus fruit)
Photo by Stanley Jones
Reserva Natural Maycu, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, November 2014

12–14 cm (4¾-5½ in); there are marked differences between the races

  • Deep velvety black crown and nape to back and scapulars


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil



Silver-breasted Tanager, subspecies cyanomelas
Photo by Xyko Paludo
São Sebastião do Passé, BA, Brazil, October 2017

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • T. v. iridina:
  • T. v. velia
  • The Guianas and northern Amazonian Brazil
  • T. v. signata:
  • Tropical north-eastern Brazil (south of the Amazon in Pará)
  • T. v. cyanomelas: Silver-breasted
  • Coastal south-eastern Brazil (Pernambuco to Rio de Janeiro)


Terra firme and seasonally flooded forests and occasionally forest borders. Observed at heights around 900 m.



They are mostly canopy feeders, eating fruit and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2015)
  4. BF Member observations

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