Bird of the Week, December 6, 2010
Gold-ringed Tanager

Gold-ringed Tanager. Photo: Peter Morris

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The spectacular Gold-ringed Tanager is only known from a few sites on the Pacific slope of Colombia’s western Andes, in a narrow belt of cloud forest between 5,250 and 7,200 feet elevation on ridge-tops. It largely consumes fruit, but also takes insects while foraging with other species. This tanager is classified as Endangered under IUCN-World Conservation Union criteria because of high deforestation rates and road construction within its very small range. Researchers with ABC partner Fundación ProAves estimate a remaining population of fewer than 500 adults. ABC and ProAves created the Gold-ringed Tanager Reserve in 2009 to protect the species. The reserve now encompasses over 1,000 acres of key habitat.


Gold-ringed Tanager; Peter Morris, Range Map; InfoNatura: Animals and Ecosystems of Latin America [web application]. 2007. Version 5.0 . Arlington, Virginia (USA): NatureServe.

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