Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus

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

Diet and Foraging

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Main Foods Taken

Crimson-collared Tanager is omnivorous, regularly consuming both fruit and arthropods.

Microhabitat for Foraging

Generally, forages 2-10 m up in the tops of tall shrubs and the lower positions of trees (6), in general somewhat higher than Scarlet-rumped Tanager (R. passerinii) (9). Forages for insects in thick foliage (9).

Food Capture and Consumption

Hops and peers in foliage.


Major Food Items

The diet of the Crimson-collared Tanager consists of insects and fruits , but its diet is not known in any detail. Fruits documented in its diet include pulp and capsules of ripe fruits from Cymbopetalum mayanum (Annonaceae) and Trophis racemosa (Moraceae) (35), an unidentified melastome (7), and a small fig tree (36). The insect portion of the diet is even less well known.

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