Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Fulvous-crested Tanager (Maschalethraupis surinama)


French: Tangara à crête fauve German: Goldschopf-Haubentangare Spanish: Tangara crestifulva

Turdus surinamus


, 1766,



Geographical plumage variation complex, involving colours and shades of crest, pectoral tuft and rump in male; intermediacy in these characters#R renders species groups difficult to define. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. s. surinama (Linnaeus, 1766) – E & S Venezuela (SE Sucre, E Monagas, Delta Amacuro, Bolívar and N & C Amazonas), the Guianas, and Brazil N of R Amazon (E from R Negro).
  • M. s. brevipes (Lafresnaye, 1846) – SE Colombia (from Meta and Guainía) and S Venezuela (SW Amazonas) S to E Ecuador, NE Peru (N of R Amazon and R Marañón) and NW Brazil N of Amazon.
  • M. s. napensis (Lawrence, 1864) – E Peru S of R Marañón (S to R Ucayali) and W Brazil S of R Amazon (E to Acre and R Juruá).
  • M. s. insignis (Hellmayr, 1906) – Brazil S of Amazon (from R Madeira E to NE Pará).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; 15–27 g. Canopy-dwelling tanager with fairly short, relatively thin bill. Male nominate race is mainly glossy black, with flat yellow-buff crown patch (often partly... read more


    In SE Venezuela, infrequently heard song an extremely high, sibilant, almost hissing “sieeeee-... read more


    Interior of terra firme forest, especially in scrubby sandy-soil regions, lighter sandy-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and small fruits. Of 20 stomachs examined, nine contained only vegetable matter and eight only animal matter, and thee contained... read more


    A nest in Manaus, Amazonas, contained two c. 10-days old nestlings in Mar; nest was basket-shaped, built of slender twigs, with a lining of... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and fairly common. Found in many protected areas and reserves, including Canaima National Park (Venezuela), Iwokrama... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Fulvous-crested Tanager (Maschalethraupis surinama). 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 May 2019).