6 inches. The male is bright red with blackish wings and tail at their end. The female is orange, its wings are darker than those of the male. These birds have a lower prominent silver mandible.
Category: Introduced Birds
Species native of Central America, it was introduced in 1930-1940 in Tahiti.
It gradually colonizes the coastal borders of Tahiti and occupies gardens. Several witnesses, however, have seen these birds living in highland areas.
Strong whistling, repeated several times, “zuit, zuit …”.
To listen the Crimson-backed Tanager:
Fruits, nectars of flowers and insects.
Not studied in Polynesia. Young birds can be seen in February.
Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.
Scientific Name: Ramphocelus dimidiatus Lafresnaye, 1837
Introduced in French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.