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

20 cm; 31–45 g. Colourful, sturdy-billed, somewhat retiring tanager often noted first through its distinctive voice. Nominate race has head to nape, upper mantle and foreneck... read more


Song of nominate race and carrikeri, repeated over and over at short intervals early in... 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. Three stomachs contained both vegetable and animal matter,... read more


Juveniles and immatures in Jan and Sept in NW Ecuador; in Colombia, two breeding-condition birds in late Dec in Boyacá, and a further eight... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

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

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (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 19 May 2019).