White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus)

White-shouldered Tanager

White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus)

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thraupidae | [latin] Tachyphonus luctuosus | [UK] White-shouldered Tanager | [FR] Tangara a epaules blanches | [DE] Trauertangare | [ES] Frutero Negro | [NL] Witschoudertangare


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Tachyphonus luctuosus LA Honduras to Bolivia
Tachyphonus luctuosus axillaris
Tachyphonus luctuosus flaviventris
Tachyphonus luctuosus luctuosus
Tachyphonus luctuosus nitidissimus
Tachyphonus luctuosus panamensis

Physical charateristics

White-shouldered Tanagers are 14 cm long and weigh 14g. They are long-tailed and with a mostly black stout pointed bill. The adult male is glossy black, apart from white underwing coverts and a conspicuous white shoulder patch. The shoulder patch is the most obvious difference from the similar but larger White-lined Tanager, in which the smaller white area is rarely visible except in flight.

Females and immatures have olive upperparts, yellow underparts and a grey head and neck.

Listen to the sound of White-shouldered Tanager

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broods: 1   eggs min.: 3  
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Latin America : Honduras to Bolivia


Common in tall humid forests, prefers dense foliage near forest openings. Also forest edges, clearings and coffee plantations.


The bulky cup nest is built in low vegetation, and the female lays three brown-blotched cream eggs.

Feeding habits

These are restless birds which eat mainly insects, including stick insects , but will occasionally take fruit. They often associate with other insectivorous birds in wandering feeding flocks.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
White-shouldered Tanager status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

White-shouldered Tanager distribution range map


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