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Subspecies vassorii
Photo by Stanley Jones
Guacamayos Ridge, Napo Province, Ecuador, January 2016
Tangara vassorii


13 cm (5 in)

  • Blue plumage
  • Black tail, primaries, lesser wing coverts and mask


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • T. v. vassorii:
  • T. v. branickii:
  • Andes of northern and central Peru
  • T. v. atrocoerulea:


Wet, mossy montane forests and forest edges; second growth and shrubby areas. Observed on the Eastern slope of the Andes at heights around 2,256 m.



The diet consists of fruit, nectar and some arthropods.


The 2-5 eggs are incubated for 13-15 days. The young fledge after 14-20 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)
  4. Seaworld.org
  5. BF Member observations

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