It is probably a close relative of the Spotted Tanager which replaces it to the south. These two species are generally presumably to be fully allopatric, but may actually be parapatric: in 1998 a Speckled Tanager was found in the Serranía de los Churumbelos , just about 100 miles north of where Spotted Tanagers are known to occur.
The Speckled Tanager is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
The Speckled Tanager, Tangara guttata, is a medium-sized passerine bird. This tanager is a resident breeder in Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad, Venezuela, Colombia and the extreme north of Brazil. It is probably a close relative of the Spotted Tanager (T. punctata) which replaces it to the south. More
Speckled TanagerThe Speckled Tanager (Tangara guttata) is a medium-sized passerine bird - 13.2 cm long and weighing about 18 g. The upperparts are green with black spotting, and the face is yellow with a black line from the eye to the gape. The wings and tail are black edged with green, and the underparts are white spotted with black. The sexes are similar. The Trinidadian T. g. trinitatis has brighter and more extensive yellow on the head, and the black spotting is more conspicuous. More
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Speckled Tanager is probably locally common around Cerro Azul/Jefe, but it is infrequently reported, and let's face it, it's a wicked cool bird! It is considered relatively common at El Cop More
The Speckled Tanager's flight call is a weak metallic chirping tsip. The Trinidadian subspecies T. g. trinitatis has brighter and more extensive yellow on the head, and the black spotting is more conspicuous. T. guttata is more of a subtropical species than its relative and occurs in humid montane and secondary forest, with generally not very tall trees and a dense understory. Speckled Tanagers are social birds which eat mainly fruit and some insects. More