Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Fulvous-headed Tanager (Thlypopsis fulviceps)


French: Tangara à tête fauve German: Rostkopftangare Spanish: Tangara cabecifulva

Th[lypopsis]. fulviceps


, 1851,

Caracas, Venezuela


Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. obscuriceps Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1953 – Sierra de Perijá, on Colombia–Venezuela border.
  • T. f. fulviceps Cabanis, 1851 – mountains of N Venezuela (Carabobo E to Miranda; NE Anzoátegui, W Sucre and N Monagas).
  • T. f. meridensis Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1962 – Andes of Mérida and N Táchira, in W Venezuela.
  • T. f. intensa Todd, 1917 – E slope of E Andes in N Colombia (Norte de Santander).
  • Race unknown (presumably obscuriceps), from upper R Frío region on W slope of Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia#R.

    Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 11–13 g. A small grey tanager with conspicuous chestnut head and thin bill. Male nominate race has entire head, nape and throat rufous-chestnut (forming hood), throat... read more


    Song, infrequently heard during morning hours, a high “chi chi cht-cht-tit-t-t-t-t-t-t”,... read more


    Canopy vines and shrubby vine-tangled borders of moist to humid forest, second-growth woodland, and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including caterpillars; occasionally small berries, especially of Melastomataceae. One or two individuals, occasionally up to... read more


    One bird in breeding condition in Apr in Perijá Mts, and three in Nov in Norte de Santander. No other information.


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Caripe–Paria Region EBA, Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA, Cordillera de Mérida EBA and Colombian East Andes... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Fulvous-headed Tanager (Thlypopsis fulviceps). 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 19 February 2020).