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Photo by PanamaHarpy
Boquete, Panama
Piranga leucoptera


Male red with black mask, tail, and wings (with two white wing-bars). Female has similar tail and wings but body is yellow to greenish.


Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela, Brazil.

Photo by Michael W
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, western foothills, Ecuador, March 2007



Four subspecies are recognized:

  • P.l. leucoptera:
  • P.l. latifasciata:
  • P.l. venezuelae:
  • P.l. ardens:

This species is placed in genus Spermagra by some authorities.

Young male moulting into adult plumage
Photo by Jose Ramon
Between San Isidro and Wildsumaco, Ecuador, November 2014


Moist lowland forests and montanes.


Varies from being alone to often in mixed species flocks.


Forages for a variety of foods including invertebrates, fruits, and seeds.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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