Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Iquitos, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Iquitos, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~18 cm (7 in). The male Silver-beaked Tanager has a distinctive broad silver bill. The throat and breast are red-wine. The head is dark red-wine and grades to black towards the rest of the body. The female is reddish brown. It forages is semi open habitats, forest edges, scrub, and second growth. It is similar to the Black-bellied Tanager but the Silver-beaked Tanager ranges at lower elevations. These two species are known to overlap only locally. Also, see Masked-crimson Tanager.

Status: The Silver-beaked Tanager is common and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1700 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tangara de Pico Plateado.

Sub-species: Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo carbo), (Pallas), 1764.  SE Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru (S to Ucayali), W & C Brazil (S to N Mato Grosso).
(Ramphocelus carbo connectens), Berlepsch and Stolzmann, 1896. SE Peru and adjacent NW Bolivia.

Meaning of Name: Ramphocelus: Gr. Rhamphos= bill and koilos= concave. carbo: L. carbo, carbonis= charcoal.

See more of the Family Thruapidae   peru aves

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.