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 Brazil, occurring in the coastal region from Paraíba and southwards to Santa Catarina. Its natural habitats are mostly Atlantic coast restingas, including also 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 cities, 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.


  • 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.