Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Brown-flanked Tanager (Thlypopsis pectoralis)


French: Tangara à flancs bruns German: Braunflankentangare Spanish: Tangara pectoral

Nemosia pectoralis


, 1884,

Acancocha, Junín, Peru


See T. ornata. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in Huánuco, Pasco and Junín, in C Peru.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 14–17 g. A small, greyish tanager with rufous head and chest. Male has entire head to upper breast dark ­orange-rufous, contrasting with olive-grey to brownish-... read more


A soft high “tsit”. A twittery “seet seet seet” is possibly a song, but song repertoire not known... read more


Dense shrubs on dry slopes, shrubbery along streams, alder (Alnus) thickets, hedgerows,... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly tiny insects, also caterpillars and small adult moths (Lepidoptera). Usually in pairs, individuals staying close together, often no... read more


Juveniles seen in Dec and Feb in Huánuco and Mar in Junín. No other information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA. Uncommon. Confined to a relatively small area, mainly on drier W side of E cordillera... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Brown-flanked Tanager (Thlypopsis pectoralis). 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 23 January 2020).