Masked Mountain-Tanager (Tephrophilus wetmorei)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Papallacta, Ecuador

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Papallacta, Ecuador

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Papallacta, Ecuador

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Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Papallacta, Ecuador


Identification & Behavior: ~21 cm (8.2 in). The Masked Mountain-Tanager has an olive mantle and black wings with blue wing bars.  It has a black mask bordered above by bright yellow. The underparts are mostly yellow. The Masked Mountain-Tanager forages in humid elfin forests, humid montane scrub in pairs or along with mixed species flocks. It is similar to the Black-chested Mountain-Tanager but is distinguished by a black mask bordered by yellow.

Status: The Masked Mountain-Tanager is rare in the humid habitats in extreme northeast Peru in Piura and Cajamarca where it ranges at elevations of about 2500-3200 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Tangara-de-Montaña Enmascarada.

Sub-species: Masked Mountain-Tanager (Tephrophilus wetmorei), (R. T. Moore), 1934

Meaning of Name: Tephrophilus: Gr. Tephra= ashes; philos= lover. wetmorei: In honor of Dr. Frank Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978) US ornithologist.

Formerly known as Buthraupis wetmorei (2018).

See more of the Family Thraupidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.