Mitrospingidae is a newly recognized New World bird family. The four current members of this family were formerly included within the Thraupidae Family.
Then, genetic studies determined that these four tanagers are related to the Cardinalidae and Thraupidae but are distant enough from these families and close enough among themselves that a family status for them was warranted. The four species include The Dusky-faced Tanager (Mitrospingus cassinii), Olive-backed Tanager (M. oleaginous), Red-billed Pied Tanager (Lamprospiza melanoleuca), and Olive-green Tanager (Orthogonys chlorocercus).
In Peru, only one genus and species, the Red-billed Pied Tanager (Lamprospiza melanoleuca) is known to occur. This tanager regularly joins canopy mixed-species flocks where it forages for fruits and insects. Its distinctive vocalization, which is given frequently, reveals the presence of, often a pair, in the flock.
Little is known about the Red-billed Pied-Tanager’s natural history due perhaps to the fact that it forages and breeds high in the canopy of lowland rainforests. A nest that fledged two young was observed in the State of Amazonas, Brazil in the month of September. In Peru, the Red-billed Pied-Tanager occurs in Loreto, Madre de Dios, and northern Puno. Photo: Lindolfo Souto.
|Mitrospingid Tanagers||Tangaras Mitrospingidas|
|Red-billed Pied Tanager||Tangara Pintada de Pico Rojo||Lamprospiza melanoleuca|
|PARULIDAE: Warblers – Reinitas||CARDINALIDAE: Grosbeaks & Allies – Cardenales & Picogruesos