Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon Tanager (Schistochlamys ruficapillus)


French: Tangara cannelle German: Zimttangare Spanish: Tangara canela

Saltator ruficapillus


, 1817,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Three subspecies accepted in HBW, with recognition of capistrata and sicki, but denser sampling has demonstrated that populations cannot be defined taxonomically#R. Monotypic.


C, E & SE Brazil (Pará, C Maranhão, C Piauí, C Ceará, N Goiás and S Bahia S to S Mato Grosso, C Goiás and E Paraná; also Rio Grande do Norte S to E Pernambuco and Alagoas), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (N Misiones).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; 24–39 g. Nominate race has forehead, lores, ocular area and chin black, forming small but prominent mask, this surrounded by cinnamon-buff which extends... read more


Song a leisurely and exceptionally sweet, musical series of phrases, typically at least some... read more


Scrub and bushes in cerrado and caatinga, low open woods and park-like areas,... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds heavily on fruit, including Morus, herbaceous pokeweed (Phytolacca), also some insects. Of four stomachs examined,... read more


One record of breeding in Dec in S Brazil (Minas Gerais). Clutch 2 eggs, yellowish-white, densely spotted with dark brown. No other... read more


Few data. Possibly migrates seasonally away from parts of C Brazil. In winter months when not... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common. Race sicki known only from type locality, Xavantina, in E Mato Grosso. Extensive human... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2019). Cinnamon Tanager (Schistochlamys ruficapillus). 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 11 December 2019).