Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Fulvous Shrike-tanager (Lanio fulvus)


French: Tangara mordoré German: Goldbrust-Würgertangare Spanish: Tangara fulva

Tangara fulva


, 1783,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Genetically closest to two Middle American species L. aurantius and L. leucothorax; replaced S of R Amazon by L. versicolor. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. f. peruvianus Carriker, 1934 – E base of Andes in W Venezuela (Táchira) S to S & SE Colombia, E Ecuador and NE Peru (S to N bank of R Marañón and R Amazon in San Martín and Loreto).
  • L. f. fulvus (Boddaert, 1783) – SE Venezuela (S of R Orinoco), the Guianas, and N Brazil (N of R Amazon, E to Amapá).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; 19–30 g. Slender tanager with strong, sharply hooked bill with well-developed “tooth” on cutting edge of upper mandible. Male nominate race has entire head and... read more


    Noisy. Frequently utters very loud, sharp, descending “tseuuu!” (may help those in mixed-species... read more


    Fairly common to common in tall, humid terra firme and várzea forest, and at... read more

    Food and feeding

    Of four stomachs examined, two contained only vegetable matter and two contained both vegetable and animal matter; contents insects and... read more


    Few data. Breeds in Oct in French Guiana. One nest reported as built in a palm, although this may not be a typical nest-site. No other... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Relatively widespread and fairly common. Range incorporates a number of protected areas, including Canaima National Park (Venezuela), Iwokrama... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2018). Fulvous Shrike-tanager (Lanio fulvus). 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 23 March 2018).