Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Bolivian Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus flavinucha)


French: Tangara à nuque jaune German: Blauschwingen-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara boliviana

T[achyphonus]. flavinucha

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Yungas, Bolivia


Up to HBW, considered conspecific with A. somptuosus, and treatment there provisional, pending vocal analysis; this provided here (although difference already indicated#R), but in fact present species scores sufficiently on morphological characters alone, differing in its black of forecrown extending to upper rear crown (2); rump shining powder-blue vs black or dark green (3); lack of blue on outer edges of secondaries (2); virtual lack of blue on outer rectrices, so tail appears almost all black (ns[2]); plus song comprising 7–11 low-pitched melodious whistles, starting at low volume and gradually getting louder, vs only high-pitched vocalizations with little structure (scores for number of notes and minimum frequency 3+3=6)#R. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in Peru (from E Cuzco#R) S to S Bolivia (Chuquisaca).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 33–56 g (combined weight data from when lumped with A. somptuosus). Has head, throat, mantle and back deep black, prominent bright yellow median... read more


Frequently heard song, at dawn and in morning hours, while perched or in flight display as bird... read more


Humid and wet montane forest, forest borders and older second growth, generally not away from... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and fruit; takes large melastome fruits. Forages mainly in middle levels up to canopy; sometimes descends into shrubbery in... read more


In Bolivia, bird in breeding condition reported in Aug and eggs in Oct in La Paz, and fledglings in Apr in Cochabamba. No other information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Range much smaller than that of allied A. somptuosus, but montane habitat in S Peru and adjacent Bolivia... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Bolivian Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus flavinucha). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 May 2019).