Blue backed Tanager (Cyanicterus cyanicterus)

Blue-backed Tanager

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Thraupidae | [latin] Cyanicterus cyanicterus | [UK] Blue-backed Tanager | [FR] Tangara cyanictere | [DE] Ziertangare | [ES] Frutero de Lomo Azul | [IT] Tangara azzurra e gialla | [NL] Siertangare


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Bangsia cyanicterus
Cyanicterus cyanicterus SA n Amazonia

Physical charateristics

The female has the upperparts bright blue, a mostly yellow face, buffy throat and breast leading to a bright yellow belly. The bill is heavy and slightly curved while the iris is orange. The male is even brighter in colour with bright blue on the entire head and onto the throat and upper breast.

Listen to the sound of Blue-backed Tanager

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It is found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. The Blue-backed Tanager is distributed in the Guianas and adjoining Venezuela as well as close to Manaus but north of the Amazon.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is found high up in the in the forest canopy of tall trees. Mostly found in lowland and foothills, sometimes found in or around forest clearings.


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Feeding habits

Forages only high up in canopy for fruit and insects. Will join mixed-species flocks.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 400,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as ‘uncommon’ 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.
Blue-backed Tanager status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Blue-backed Tanager range map


Title The Blue-backed Tanager (Cyanicterus cyanicterus), a genus new to Venezuela, with notes on its plumages
Abstract: The little-known Blue-backed Tanager, Cyanicterus ..[more]..
Source: The Auk(86): 568-569, 1969

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