Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Critically Endangered

Cherry-throated Tanager (Nemosia rourei)


French: Tangara rougegorge German: Rubinkehltangare Spanish: Tangara golirroja

Nemosia Rourei


, 1870,

locality uncertain, probably Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Type locality long regarded as Muriaé, in SE Minas Gerais, but now hypothesized as Macaé, in S Rio de Janeiro. Mentioned in HBW as being vocally close to Lamprospiza melanoleuca, but latter species now placed in Mitrospingidae; not sampled in recent molecular study, but plumage colour and pattern, eye colour and behaviour suggest present generic placement appropriate#R. Monotypic.


Very locally in Espírito Santo and possibly also adjacent Minas Gerais, in E Brazil.

Descriptive notes

12·5–14 cm; 22 g. Has crown pale pearl-grey with some white at margins, contrasting strongly with broad black mask across forehead and extending back through eye to nape;... read more


Almost always noted first by voice. Call a loud, sharp, penetrating and somewhat nasal “péuuu,... read more


Dense humid hill forest and forest borders (“Atlantic Dense Ombrophyllous Montane Forest... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded food items include caterpillars, a butterfly (Lepidoptera), an ant (Formicidae) and other small arthropods; has been seen to... read more


Nest-building observed once, on 25th Nov: two birds bringing moss to a shallow natural depression at base of medium-height branch adjacent... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Rare, declining and poorly known. Global population assessed at fewer than 250... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Cherry-throated Tanager (Nemosia rourei). 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 February 2020).