Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Carriker's Mountain-tanager (Dubusia carrikeri)


French: Tangara de Carriker German: Santa-Marta-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara pechifulva de Carriker

Dubusia carrikeri


, 1946,

8500–9500 feet [c. 2590–2895 m], south side of main valley of Río Guatapurí, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia


Hitherto (except when first described) treated as conspecific with D. taeniata and D. stictocephala, but differs from both in its denser blue streaking on forehead and eyebrow, forming a near-complete supercilium (2); buff vs black chin, throat and upper breast (3); and further from taeniata in its green-tinged dull dark blue vs matt black central crown to mantle and back (3); plus higher frequencies in song (3)#R; and further from stictocephala in its green-tinged dull dark blue vs dull grey-blue mantle and back (1); plus song consisting of 2–4 whistles instead of single whistle (3). Monotypic.

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Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.

Descriptive notes

20 cm. Colourful, sturdy-billed, somewhat retiring tanager often noted first through its distinctive voice. Adult has head to nape, upper mantle and foreneck black, feathers... read more


Song repeated over and over at short intervals early in morning, a loud, whistled “phéééé-baay”... 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. Singles or pairs, usually heard before they are seen, follow... read more


Breeding-condition birds in Feb–Sept, but not all of these were collected in the Santa Marta. No other information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: confined to the Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Global range (Extent of Occurrence) 4300 km². Apparently very rare. Thought to have a very... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Carriker's Mountain-tanager (Dubusia carrikeri). 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).