Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Flame-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus flammigerus)


French: Tangara flamboyant German: Feuerbürzeltangare Spanish: Tangara flamígera

Ramphopis flammigerus

Jardine and Selby

, 1833,

Antioquia, Colombia


See R. icteronotus. Present species is very similar in appearance to both R. passerinii and R. costaricensis, but sequence divergence from them is 4.7%. Monotypic.


W Colombia on both slopes of Cauca Valley from C Antioquia S to Cauca, the upper Patía Valley in SW Cauca, and locally on W slope of Andes (mostly as expansion across low passes from Cauca Valley, from Risaralda, on upper R San Juan, S to NW Nariño); also W slope of E Andes above Magdalena Valley, in Santander.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Male is almost entirely deep black; head velvety black, with feathers very short, dense and plush-like; middle back to rump and uppertail-coverts glistening flame-... read more


Dawn song, delivered from top of low bush or sapling, an energetic series of mostly 2-note or 3-... read more


Humid forest borders, second growth, old pastures, shrubby areas, borders of fields, and bushes and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and arthropods. Most often seen singly or in pairs, and less often in small family groups; unlike R. icteronotus, seems not... read more


Nest found in Feb in Calima Valley (W Valle) and four breeding-condition birds in Jul near Popayán (upper Cauca Valley). Calima Valley nest... read more


Movements (possibly by wandering individuals) from E slope of W Andes to W slope not well... read more

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Usually treated as conspecific with R. icteronotus. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Valleys EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Flame-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus flammigerus). 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 31 March 2020).