Black faced Tanager (Schistochlamys melanopis)

Black-faced Tanager

Black-faced Tanager

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Thraupidae | [latin] Schistochlamys melanopis | [UK] Black-faced Tanager | [FR] Tangara a camail | [DE] Schleiertangare | [ES] Frutero de Cara Negra | [IT] Tangara faccianera | [NL] Sluiertangare


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Cissopis melanopis
Schistochlamys melanopis SA n, c, e
Schistochlamys melanopis amazonica
Schistochlamys melanopis aterrima
Schistochlamys melanopis grisea
Schistochlamys melanopis melanopis
Schistochlamys melanopis olivina

Physical charateristics

Unmistakable. It is mainly grey with a black forehead, face, and throat and part of upperbreast. . The bill is blue-grey with a darker tip.

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broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, dry savanna, and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. It is found in open areas with bushes and low scrubby trees such as cerrado


Nest is an open cup made of grass. Usually build low above ground in shrub near open places. Clutch size is two eggs.

Feeding habits

It generally lives in pairs foraging for fruit and berries and an occasional insect.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 6,200,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Black-faced Tanager status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Black-faced Tanager range map

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