Bay-headed Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager

Bay-headed Tanager

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Scientific Name Tangara gyrola



Its range spans from Central America, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, down to the Amazon Basin including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. It is also present on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. The Bay-headed Tanager occurs in forests and they prefer the wetter areas.  The common habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


General Information

The Bay-headed Tanager is a social, medium-sized bird of Central and South America. It is common throughout its extensive range. There are nine subspecies of the Bay-headed Tanager.

Physical Description

Adult Bay-headed Tanagers measure about 14 cm in length and weigh approximately 19.5 g.  There is considerable variation in plumage within the subspecies.  T. g. gyrola, the nominate type, is mainly green with a chestnut colored head, blue belly, and a thin golden band around its hind neck.  The sexes are alike in appearance and the juveniles are duller in plumage and have green heads with chestnut speckles.



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