Brazilian tanager

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Brazilian tanager
Ramphocelus bresilius -Sao Paulo Bagre, Cananeia, Sao Paulo, Brasil -male-8.jpg
Ramphocelus bresilius -Registro, Sao Paulo, Brazil -female-8.jpg
Female in Registro, São Paulo, Brazil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Ramphocelus
Species: R. bresilius
Binomial name
Ramphocelus bresilius
(Linnaeus, 1766)

The Brazilian tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius) is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. It is endemic to eastern Brazil and far northeastern Argentina, occurring in the coastal region from Paraíba and southwards to Santa Catarina and Misiones. Its natural habitat is the Atlantic Forest, including Atlantic coast restingas, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest.

A frugivorous bird, it is easily found in its natural biome wherever there is food enough available, tending to behave aggressively towards other species of birds when disputing for food. It can be seen in wooded habitats in cities, such as in the vicinity of the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, at the jogging track named for Cláudio Coutinho, which skirts the park at the mountain's base.

It nests by building a cup-shaped nest hidden amongst foliage, where it lays two to three greenish-blue, black-spotted eggs.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Ramphocelus bresilius". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  • PEREIRA, José Felipe Monteiro Pereira, Aves e Pássaros Comuns do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro: Technical Books, 2008, ISBN 978-85-61368-00-5, page 123.