Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Buff-breasted Mountain-tanager (Dubusia taeniata)


French: Tangara à poitrine fauve German: Silberbrauen-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara pechifulva norteña

Tanagra (Tachyphonus) tæniata


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Hitherto (apart from at their original description) treated as conspecific with D. carrikeri and D. stictocephala. Monotypic.


Sierra de Perijá (on Venezuela–Colombia border), Andes of Venezuela (Trujillo S to Táchira), all three ranges in Colombia (in W Andes mainly N & S ends, in Antioquia and Cauca), and both slopes in Ecuador and NW Peru (S to Piura and N Cajamarca N of Marañón Valley).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm; 34·8–44·5 g. Colourful, sturdy-billed, somewhat retiring tanager often noted first through its distinctive voice. Adult has head to nape, upper mantle and foreneck... read more


High and melancholy-sounding song is repeated over and over at short intervals early in morning, a... read more


Thick, mossy, wet montane forest and broken forest with dense lower vegetation, especially with... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits and berries, including mistletoe (Loranthaceae), and insects; once a 2·5-cm-long Saturniidae caterpillar. Singles or... read more


Juveniles and immatures in Jan and Sept in NW Ecuador, and food-carrying observed in Nov in NE Ecuador and in early Dec in SE Ecuador; in... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common almost throughout its range, and widespread. Appears to require fairly large tracts of humid montane forest; has... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Buff-breasted Mountain-tanager (Dubusia taeniata). 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 13 December 2019).