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Subspecies peruvianus
Photo by Stanley Jones
Podocarpus National Park, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, November 2014
Lanio fulvus


15 - 17cm. A slender tanager with a strong, sharply hooked bill.


  • Black hood
  • Black tail and upperwing
  • Apricot-yellow upperparts, brightest on nape
  • Large tawny-rufous breast patch
  • Yellowish-ochre rest of underparts, turning cinnamon on undertail-coverts
  • Black hooked bill
  • peruvianus darker overall and more fulvous


  • Variable
  • Greyish-brown crown
  • Warm brown upperparts
  • Pale dull reddish-brown side of head becoming grey-buff on throat
  • Ochraceous olive breast and orangish-buff on belly and undertail-coverts

Immature males are similar to females but have black patches on head.


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Guianas and Brazil north of the Amazon.
Widespread and fairly common.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • L. f. peruvianus:
  • L. f. fulvus:


Found in varzea forest and tall, humid terra firme forest.
From lowlands up to 1350m, locally higher.


Acts as a sentinel in mixed-species flocks where it is usually at the centre of the flock activity.


Feeds on insects and seeds.
Single birds sit often upright on a perch at middle-level or subcanopy and wait for other birds to flush insects which they catch in rapid sallies.


Little data on breeding. Breeds in French Guiana in October.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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