Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus

Ragupathy Kannan, Anant Deshwal, Pooja Panwar, Steven Hilty, and Eduardo de Juana
Version: 2.0 — Published May 7, 2020


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In view of its wide distribution and relative abundance, there is remarkably little information regarding the breeding biology of Crimson-collared Tanager.


First Brood

Breeding has been reported from Belize in May (16), from March through May in Nicaragua (13), in early April in Honduras (10), and from April through June in Costa Rica (9). A female collected in July in Chiapas, Mexico, had enlarged ova, suggestive of breeding activity (37).

Nest Site

Site Characteristics

Nests are placed 1-6 m above the ground, in shrubs or trees at forest edge or in a clearing (13, 9).


Structure and Composition

The nest is a cup, composed of leaves, small vines, plant stalks, fine stems, green moss, and rootlets, lined with fine brown plant stems, papery bark or strips of Heliconia or banana leaves (13, 9).


The inner dimensions of one nest cup were 70 mm (diameter) x 45 mm (depth) (13).



The dimensions of one egg were 24.2 mm x 16.4 mm (13).

Color and Surface Texture

Eggs are pale blue, spotted and scrawled with dark brown and blackish brown spots of varied size (13,9 ).

Clutch Size

The clutch usually is two, occasionally three, eggs (13, 9).


No information.

Parental Care

No information but adults have been documented feeding juveniles (see below).

Recommended Citation

Kannan, R., A. Deshwal, P. Panwar, S. Hilty, and E. de Juana (2020). Crimson-collared Tanager (Ramphocelus sanguinolentus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, S. M. Billerman, and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.crctan1.02