Tag: Purplish-mantled Tanager

Purplish-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephalus)

The Purplish-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephalus) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. It is found in Colombia and Ecuador. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded former forest. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Inhabiting mossy forest and second-growth woodland, the Purplish-mantled Tanager is a fairly social species that can be found in pairs, mixed species flocks, or individually. With its rich purplish-blue back and contrasting yellow throat, this species is unlikely to be confused with any other tanagers within its range. Traveling individually, in pairs, or small family groups, this species forages mainly on insects; however, there have been observations of these species eating berries as well. Due to this species’ small range, unknown population status, and threats of habitat loss and conversion for cattle-grazing, the Purplish-mantled Tanager has been listed as near threatened on IUCN’s Watchlist.