Yellow-backed Tanager (Hemithraupis flavicollis)

Yellow-backed Tanager

Yellow-backed Tanager (Hemithraupis flavicollis)

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thraupidae | [latin] Hemithraupis flavicollis | [UK] Yellow-backed Tanager | [FR] Guira a dos jaune | [DE] Gelbburzel-Tangare | [ES] Pintasilgo de Buche Dorado | [NL] Geelstuitangare


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Chrysothlypis flavicollis
Hemithraupis flavicollis LA Panama to se Brazil and se Peru
Hemithraupis flavicollis albigularis
Hemithraupis flavicollis aurigularis
Hemithraupis flavicollis centralis
Hemithraupis flavicollis flavicollis
Hemithraupis flavicollis hellmayri
Hemithraupis flavicollis insignis
Hemithraupis flavicollis melanoxantha
Hemithraupis flavicollis obidensis
Hemithraupis flavicollis ornata
Hemithraupis flavicollis peruana
Hemithraupis flavicollis sororia

Physical charateristics

The male is mostly black above with a yellow rump and lower back. The wing shows a small white speculum. Below the throat and crissum are bright yellow while elsewhere it is whitish with a mottled look. The bill is blackish above and pinkish below. The female is dark olive above and the wings are broadly edged yellow. It is yellow below but greyer on the flanks.

Listen to the sound of Yellow-backed Tanager

[audio: Tanager.mp3]

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Latin America : Panama to Southeast Brazil and Southeast Peru


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest. A common bird in the canopy and on the edges of rain forests, it stays high up in the canopy, making it difficult to observe. They normally form part of mixed canopy flocks.


No data

Feeding habits

It feeds mainly on insects but also eats fruit.


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.
Yellow-backed Tanager status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Yellow-backed Tanager distribution range map


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