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White-banded Tanager

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The White-banded Tanager (Neothraupis fasciata) is a bird native to the interior of south-central South America at elevations of 550-1100 m (1650-3600 ft). It is the only member of the genus Neothraupis. Its plumage is remarkably similar to that of several species of shrikes in the genus Lanius. Males and females are alike.

It has a total length of c. 16 cm (6 in) and weighs 29-32 g. It is restricted to Cerrado, woodland and shrub of central-eastern Brazil, north-eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Bolivia. It is frequently seen in Chapada dos Guimaraes, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Typically seen in pairs or small groups of up to 12 individuals, with 7 being average. Eats insects. Breeds in October and November. The deep, cup-shaped nest, typically placed in a small tree or bush, is lined with grasses. Clutch size 2-3 eggs. The pair are often helped by birds from earlier broods, which have the grey parts of the plumage partially or entirely replaced by brown (this brownish plumage sometimes mistakenly referred to as the adult female plumage).


Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is near threatened

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