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Photo by Coati
Ginger House, Cerro Azul, Panama, April 2011
Ramphocelus dimidiatus


Length: 6.75" (17 cm)
Male deep crimson on head and upper body, deep red on lower back and belly. Wings and tail black. Lower mandible bright silver.
Female browner.

Similar Species

Notice that the male is superficially similar to Silver-beaked Tanager.


Central and South America: found from western Panama to Colombia and western Venezuela.



Photo by crrlb001
Panama City, Panama, March 2009

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • R. d. isthmicus:
  • Tropical western and central Panama (east to R¡o Chepo)
  • R. d. arestus:
  • Coiba Island (Panama)
  • R. d. limatus:
  • Pearl Islands (Bay of Panama)
  • R. d. dimidiatus:
  • R. d. molochinus:
  • Northern Colombia (upper Magdalena Valley)


Gardens, clearings, brushy areas.



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  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. Avibase

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