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Ramphocelus bresilius

Ramphocelus bresilius (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Passeroidea
Familia: Thraupidae
Genus: Ramphocelus
Species: Ramphocelus bresilius
Subspecies: R. b. bresilius - R. b. dorsalis


Ramphocelus bresilius (Linnaeus, 1766)


Syst. Nat. ed.12 p.314

Vernacular names
English: Brazilian Tanager
Português: Tié-sangue

The Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. 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's easily found in its natural biome wherever there's food enough available, tending to behave aggressively towards other species of birds when disputing for food. Can be seem 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.

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


* BirdLife International 2004. Ramphocelus bresilius. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 27 July 2007.
* 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.

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