Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Golden-crowned Tanager (Iridosornis rufivertex)


French: Tangara auréolé German: Goldscheitel-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara coronidorada

Arremon rufi-vertex


, 1842,

Bolivia; error = Bogotá region of east Andes, Colombia


See I. reinhardti. In HBW race caeruleoventris considered possibly to be a separate species, but plumage differences weak and call very similar to that of other subspecies; ignicapillus and subsimilis differ little from nominate and possibly better synonymized with it. Four subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • I. r. rufivertex (Lafresnaye, 1842) – Andes of SW Venezuela (S Táchira), both slopes of adjacent E Andes of Colombia (S to Cundinamarca and on E slope in Nariño), and entire E slope of Andes in Ecuador S to N Peru (near Piura–Cajamarca border and N of Marañón Valley).
  • I. r. caeruleoventris Chapman, 1915 – N end of W Andes (Paramillo) and N part of C Andes (Antioquia S to Tolima), in NW Colombia.
  • I. r. ignicapillus Chapman, 1915 – SW Colombia (spottily at S end of W & C Andes).
  • I. r. subsimilis J. T. Zimmer, 1944 – W slope of Andes in Ecuador (S to upper Chiriboga road, in Pichincha).
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 18–28 g. Dark but richly coloured tanager with short and thick bill. Nominate race has large circular crown patch of rich golden-orange surrounded by deep... read more


    A notably quiet species. Calls include high, thin “seeep”, also short “tsit” notes.


    Dense montane forest, mossy elfin woodland and patches of stunted mossy shrubbery at or slightly... read more

    Food and feeding

    Of three stomachs examined, one contained only vegetable matter and one only animal matter, and one contained both; contents included seeds... read more


    In Colombia, juveniles in May in Cundinamarca and Cauca, begging juvenile in Jul in Puracé National Park, and juvenile with adult in May in... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common throughout range. As with most upper-montane and tree-line species, firewood-cutting, land clearance and human settlement... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Golden-crowned Tanager (Iridosornis rufivertex). 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 18 November 2019).