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Crimson-backed Tanager

CRIMSON-BACK TANAGER

APPEARANCE AND IDENTIFICATION
Tangara à dos rouge - Photo Alain Petit

Tangara à dos rouge – Photo Alain Petit

6 inches. The male is bright red with blackish wings and tail at their end. The female is orange, its wings are darker than those of the male. These birds have a lower prominent silver mandible.

Order: Passeriformes

FamilyThraupidae

Category: Introduced Birds


LOCATION

Species native of Central America, it was introduced in 1930-1940 in Tahiti.


CHARACTERISTICS

It gradually colonizes the coastal borders of Tahiti and occupies gardens. Several witnesses, however, have seen these birds living in highland areas.

Strong whistling, repeated several times, “zuit, zuit …”.

To listen the Crimson-backed Tanager:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Ramphocelus-dimidiatus

Fruits, nectars of flowers and insects.

Not studied in Polynesia. Young birds can be seen in February.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.

Bibliography:
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/442315
http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=32121D981BB66DA0
http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/tangara.a.dos.rouge.html
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/crimson-backed-tanager-ramphocelus-dimidiatus
http://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/crimson-backed-tanager-ramphocelus-dimidiatus
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22722500/132154364

NAMES

Scientific Name: Ramphocelus dimidiatus Lafresnaye, 1837

Polynesian Names:
Vini (Society)

LOCATION
  • Society
  • Central and Latin America (native)

STATUS AND PROTECTION

Introduced in French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.