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Puerto Rican Tanager Nesospingus speculiferus

Alcides L. Morales
Version: 1.0 — Published February 24, 2012

Demography and Populations


At the beginning of, and perhaps through the first half of, the twentieth century, the  distribution of the Puerto Rican Tanager was limited to the Maricao and Luquillo mountains (Wetmore 1916, Danforth 1936, Biaggi 1970). But the acquisition of new lands and its designation as protected areas, the abandonment of some sectors in the agriculture and the re-establishment of native forest cover on those localities has certainly helped the recolonization of tanagers (Pérez-Rivera 1998). It is probable that hurricanes may aid in the dispersal and recolonization of the species to nearby forest sites (Pérez-Rivera 1998).

At Maricao State Forest it has been estimated that there is a density of 15.3 birds per hectare (Delannoy and Cruz 1999).

Recommended Citation

Morales, A. L. (2012). Puerto Rican Tanager (Nesospingus speculiferus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.purtan1.01