Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii)


French: Calliste à face rouge German: Rotstirntangare Spanish: Tangara carirroja

Tanagra Parzudakii


, 1843,

environs of Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


See T. chrysotis. Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. lunigera. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. p. parzudakii (Lafresnaye, 1843) – SW Venezuela (Andes of SE Táchira); E Andes of Colombia (W slope from Santander to Cundinamarca and head of Magdalena Valley in Huila; E slope probably throughout, but recorded only Meta, Caquetá, Putumayo and Nariño) and E slope in Ecuador.
  • T. p. urubambae J. T. Zimmer, 1943 – E slope of Andes in Peru (S to Cuzco and Ayacucho).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 25–35 g. Boldly coloured tanager with flame-red to orange on face. Nominate race has lowermost forehead, lores, ocular ring, chin, throat and broad bar extending... read more


    Calls include a notably high-pitched, slightly buzzy “seeet” note; also a sharp, forceful, smacking... read more


    Humid and wet montane forest, and adjacent older second growth. Less at forest borders than many... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, also arthropods. Eight stomachs contained vegetable matter, including fruit and seeds. Like its congeners, seems to eat variety of... read more


    Breeding period Jan–Jul (rainy season) in NE Ecuador; courtship feeding and birds in breeding condition in Feb–Mar in Colombia. In NE... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common. Distribution in Colombian E Andes not fully known: probably found throughout, at least formerly,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii). 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 21 February 2020).