Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Western Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~17 cm (7 in). The Blue-Gray Tanager is mostly blue and bluish gray (quesita) or bluish gray with a large white wing shoulder patch (all other sub-species). The juvenile in all forms is bluish gray without the white wing patches. It is similar to the Palm Tanager but is distinguished by having a lighter overall coloration and white shoulder patch. Also, see the Sayaca Tanager, which is rare in Southeast Peru, but very similar to a juvenile Blue-Gray Tanager.

Status: The Blue-Gray Tanager is common and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 2000 m along the foothill of the Andes. It is also common in open habitats and edges of semi-humid forests in northwest Peru. The Blue-Gray Tanager also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tangara Azuleja.

Sub-species: Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus quaesita), Bangs and Noble, 1918.  SW Colombia (W Nariño) S on Pacific slope to NW Peru.
(Thraupis episcopus caerulea), J. T. Zimmer, 1929.  SE Ecuador and N Peru (S to Huánuco).
(Thraupis episcopus major), (Berlepsch and Stolzmann), 1896.  Chanchamayo Valley, in C Peru.
(Thraupis episcopus urubambae), J. T. Zimmer, 1944.  Urubamba Valley and Amazonian drainage, in SE Peru.
(Thraupis episcopus coelestis), (Spix), 1825.  SE Colombia, W Brazil (E to R Negro and R Madeira) and NE Ecuador S to C Peru.

Meaning of Name: Thraupis: Gr. Thraupis= unknown small bird, perhaps some sort of finch. episcopus: Gr. Episkopos= guardian, teacher, overseer.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.