Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Crested Ant-tanager (Habia cristata)


French: Habia à crête rouge German: Scharlachhaubenkardinal Spanish: Habia copetona

Phænicothraupis [sic] cristata


, 1875,

“Bogotá”, Colombia




W Colombia on both slopes of W Andes from Antioquia S to S Cauca (Cerro Munchique) and on both slopes of C Andes (Antioquia to Tolima)#R#R.

Descriptive notes

19 cm. Strong-billed ant-tanager with “bicoloured” appearance, red and greyish. Male has long, prominent crest scarlet, most often held erect (occasionally held flat in... read more


Mobs with loud, shrill “chi-veek!”, repeated 2–4 times or over and over in long series; contact... read more


Understorey of humid pre-montane and montane forest, especially dense or bushy regrowth vegetation... read more

Food and feeding

Food mostly insects, caterpillars and other arthropods; also some fruit, and regularly eats Miconia, palm seeds and other fruits,... read more


One bird, accompanied by two others, seen carrying nesting material in deep streamside ravine in N Tolima, in Jun. No other information... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Fairly common locally. Can be found in a few parks and preserves, including Farallones de Cali... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Crested Ant-tanager (Habia cristata). 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 18 June 2019).