Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Crimson-collared Tanager (Ramphocelus sanguinolentus)


French: Tangara ceinturé German: Flammentangare Spanish: Tangara acollarada

Tanagra (Tachyphonus) sanguinolentus


, 1831,



In past, sometimes placed in monotypic Phlogothraupis, but closely resembles others in present genus, membership of which is supported by recent molecular studies. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. s. sanguinolentus (Lesson, 1831) – SE Mexico (from Veracruz, N Oaxaca, Tabasco and Quintana Roo) S through Belize to Honduras.
  • R. s. apricus (Bangs, 1908) – Caribbean slope of E Honduras S to NW & C Panama, locally on Pacific slope in N Costa Rica.
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; 35–48 g. Distinctive, with fairly long tail and heavy conical bill. Has forecrown, face and throat black, crown, nape, side of neck and breast glossy crimson;... read more


    Song a leisurely sequence of rising and falling whistled notes separated by pauses, “tueee-... read more


    Thickets and bushes along humid-forest borders, adjacent pastures with trees, bushy second growth... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; also many fruits, including melastomes and figs (Ficus). Lives in pairs throughout year, also in family groups for short... read more


    Breeding reported in May in Belize, Mar–May in Nicaragua and Apr–Jun in Costa Rica. Male sings from elevated perches; more territorial than... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Range encompasses a number of parks and reserves, including Palenque National Park, Cascadas de Agua Azúl, Selva del... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2020). Crimson-collared Tanager (Ramphocelus sanguinolentus). 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 25 January 2020).