Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Mountain-tanager (Buthraupis montana)


French: Tangara montagnard German: Blaurücken-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara montana

A[glaia]. montana

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Yungas, Bolivia


High levels of genetic divergence revealed by molecular analysis#R; these do not appear to relate directly to established races, but further research needed. Birds from Venezuela proposed as a separate race, venezuelana, but validity of this requires confirmation. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. m. gigas (Bonaparte, 1851) – Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá, and Andes of S Táchira) and adjacent E Andes of Colombia (S to Cundinamarca).
  • B. m. cucullata (Jardine & Selby, 1842) – W & C Andes of Colombia S to Ecuador.
  • B. m. cyanonota Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896 – Andes of N & C Peru (Amazonas S to Junín).
  • B. m. saturata Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1906 – Andes of SE Peru (Cuzco and Puno).
  • B. m. montana (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Andes of N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    21 cm, 69–91 g (nominate); 23 cm, 72–116 g (other races). Largest mountain-tanager; distinctive rotund shape and conspicuous red eyes, short and thick bill.... read more


    During flight display, presumed male sings rapid, exuberant “chip’ut-chip’ut-chip... read more


    Mainly humid and wet montane forest and forest borders; also tall second-growth woodland, scattered... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods, also many small berries and fruit. Of 35 stomachs examined, 34 contained only vegetable matter and one contained both animal... read more


    No information.


    Resident. A few scattered records, probably of wandering or vagrant birds, at elevations lower than... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its wide latitudinal distribution in Andes. Generally occurs at rather low density, perhaps because groups wander over large... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Hooded Mountain-tanager (Buthraupis montana). 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 February 2020).