Complete leucism in the Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota (Aves: Thraupidae)

Vagner Cavarzere, Vinicius Rodrigues Tonetti


Leucism is the partial or total lack of melanin in the feathers of birds, but it can be expressed in different forms. Currently, little information on leucistic wild tanagers is available. In this short communication we report an individual of the Fawn-breasted Tanager with complete leucism foraging in a mixed-species flock in an important Atlantic forest reserve in southeastern Brazil.

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