Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager (Dubusia taeniata taeniata)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manizales, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manizales, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Satipo Road, Pasco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huanuco, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~19 cm (7.4 in). The Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager is bluish above and yellow below. It has a black mask and upper breast, which is bordered below by a buff band. The top of the head can be all bluish (stictocephala) or a bluish superciliary that extends to the nape and sides of the neck (taeniata). It forages in mid to understory of humid montane forests. It superficially resembles a Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager and Hooded Mountain-Tanager.

Status: The Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1000-3500 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Tangara-de-Montaña de Pecho Anteado.

Sub-species: Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager (Dubusia taeniata taeniata), (Boissonneau), 1840.  All three ranges in Colombia (in W Andes mainly N & S, in Antioquia and Cauca), and both slopes in Ecuador and NW Peru (S to Piura and N Cajamarca N of Marañón Valley).
(Dubusia taeniata stictocephala), Berlepsch and Stolzmann, 1894.  E slope of Andes in Peru (from S side of Marañón Valley, in Amazonas, S to N end of Cordillera Vilcanota, in Cuzco).

Meaning of Name: Dubusia: In honor of Bernard Aimé Léonard Vicomte Dubus de Ghisignies (1808-1874) Belgian politician, patron of the sciences. taeniata: L. taenia= ribbon, head-band.

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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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.