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White-banded Tanager (Neothraupis fasciata)

The White-banded Tanager is a Cerrado biome endemic which, on account of its gray-and-black plumage that superficially resembles one of the Northern Hemisphere, gray-colored, Lanius species, has also been called the Shrike-like Tanager in some literature. The species’ main range covers the wooded cerrados of central Brazil and neighboring Paraguay and Bolivia, but it has also been found in some of the few enclaves of similar savanna habitat north of the Amazon, for instance in Amapá, Brazil, and southern Suriname. Primarily gray, the wings are blackish with a white line on the smaller coverts, and there is a blackish mask through the eyes, contrasting with the white throat and white post-ocular stripe. This tanager is placed in its own genus. Like some species of far-removed relatives, young from previous broods are reported to at least occasionally act as helpers at nests.

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