Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Grey-hooded Tanager (Cnemoscopus rubrirostris)


French: Tangara capucin German: Rosaschnabeltangare Spanish: Tangara piquirrubio
Other common names: Grey-hooded Bush-tanager

Arremon rubrirostris


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Has in the past been placed in Chlorospingus and Hemispingus; new molecular study places it closest to two former members of Hemispingus now in Pseudospingus#R#R. Usually (including in HBW) considered conspecific with C. chrysogaster. Monotypic.


S end of Andes in W Venezuela (S Táchira) and generally in Andes of Colombia, NW & E Ecuador and N Peru (N and W of Marañón Valley).

Descriptive notes

17 cm, 18·5–23 g (rubrirostris); 15 cm, 13–22·5 g (chrysogaster). Nominate race has entire head, throat and chest medium grey (“hood”), throat and chest... read more


Song of nominate race a 2-second jumble of high, squeaky, sputtering notes that end in downward-... read more


Humid and wet montane forest and forest borders; in some areas shows affinity for disturbed areas... read more

Food and feeding

Four stomachs of race chrysogaster contained animal matter, and one held vegetable matter; contents included caterpillars 2–4 cm... read more


Three breeding-condition birds in Jul–Aug in Colombia (at N end of W & C Andes). Egg descriptions differ: one set reportedly pale... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common along most of E slope of Andes; elsewhere, records somewhat sparse. In NW Ecuador, known only from two sites in Pichincha;... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Grey-hooded Tanager (Cnemoscopus rubrirostris). 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).