Sira Tanager (Stilpnia phillipsi)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Cerros del Sira

sira_tanager
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Cerros del Sira

sira_tanager
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Cerros del Sira

sira_tanager
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Cerros del Sira


Identification & Behavior: ~13 cm (5.1 in). The male Sira Tanager has a black top of head and nape, underparts, and tail. The mantle, rump, and flanks are opalescent green. The female is overall green with shades of yellow with a greenish-brown top of the head. Both sexes have a bluish-green throat which is more saturated and better defined in the male. It forages in the canopy and midstory of humid montane forests in pairs or along with mixed species flocks. It is similar to the Silvery Tanager, but are distinguished by a bluish-green throat. These two species may only have a limited range overlap.

Status: Endemic. The Sira Tanager is fairly common but restricted to the Cerros del Sira range on the eastern Andes of Central Peru. It ranges at elevations between 1300-2200 m.

Name in Spanish: Tangara del Sira.

Sub-species: Sira Tanager (Stilpnia Phillipsi), Graves and Weske, 1987.

Meaning of Name: Stilpnia: Gr. Stilpnos= glistening, glittering. phillipsi: In honor of Dr. Allan Robert Phillips (1914-1996) US ornithologist, taxonomist, collector.

Formerly known as Tangara Phillipsi (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.