Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-headed Tanager (Thlypopsis pyrrhocoma)


French: Tangara à tête marron German: Kastanienkopftangare Spanish: Tangara pioró

Thlypopsis pyrrhocoma

Burns et al.

, 2016,

Rio de Janeiro(?), Brazil


Molecular study found that this species, formerly in Pyrrhocoma, was embedded in present genus; as previous species name ruficeps is preoccupied in current genus, replacement name pyrrhocoma introduced#R. Monotypic.


NE Argentina (Misiones) and SE Paraguay E to SE Brazil (Espírito Santo S to C Rio Grande do Sul); also recorded in NE Goiás#R and SW Minas Gerais#R where status unknown.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; mean 15·6 g. Small, rather slight and slender tanager with strong bill and contrasting head. Male has head and throat dark chestnut, with black forehead, ocular area... read more


Often noted first by voice. Song, usually from concealment in bamboo, of 3 high sibilant notes... read more


Dense undergrowth in forest, bamboo thickets, second growth and shrubbery along forest borders.... read more

Food and feeding

One stomach contained only insects. Seen mainly in pairs or families, and generally independent of mixed-species flocks. Forages mostly... read more


Eggs white with a few dark spots, mostly at larger end. No other information.


Some movement inland during austral winter believed to occur.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in several national parks, including Ybycuí National Park (Paraguay), Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu,... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Chestnut-headed Tanager (Thlypopsis pyrrhocoma). 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 29 March 2020).