White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus

Brazilian name:
Pipira-preta
Male White-lined Tanager, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image Brazil

The White-lined Tanager is distributed in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, northern Venezuela, the Guianas, much of Brazil and into Paraguay and northern Argentina. However, it is absent from eastern and south-eastern Brazil and much of western Amazonia.

Female White-lined Tanager, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image It is found in clearings and forest borders usually near water. Like most Tachyphonus, they are usually seen in pairs or small family groups. They feed on fruit, as in photo 3, and insects.

The male looks all black but it can show its white wing-coverts as in photos 1 and 3. The lower mandible has a steel-blue base.

Male White-lined Tanager, Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image The female is rufous being paler below. Note that below is uniform rufous and without the steaks or flammulation found in the female Ruby-crowned Tanager T. coronatus.

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is a page in Portuguese on Wikiaves.

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