Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Tanager (Nemosia pileata)


French: Tangara coiffe-noire German: Schwarzkappentangare Spanish: Tangara encapuchada

Tanagra pileata


, 1783,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. p. hypoleuca Todd, 1916 – NW Colombia (Córdoba E in coastal region to Magdalena and S in Magdalena Valley to S Cesar) and N Venezuela (Zulia and Lara E to Distrito Federal, Delta Amacuro and N Bolívar).
  • N. p. surinamensis J. T. Zimmer, 1947 – Guyana and Suriname.
  • N. p. pileata (Boddaert, 1783) – French Guiana and WC Brazil (S of R Amazon between R Madeira and R Tapajós) S to extreme N Bolivia.
  • N. p. interna J. T. Zimmer, 1947 – CN Brazil in lower R Negro and upper R Branco regions.
  • N. p. nana Berlepsch, 1912 – NE Peru and W Brazil (E to lower R Madeira).
  • N. p. caerulea (Wied, 1831) – E & S Brazil (S of R Amazon and E of R Tapajós), and extreme SE Peru E to E Bolivia, Paraguay and NW & NE Argentina.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 12–22 g. Male nominate race has crown and side of head black, this extending down onto side of neck and narrowly to side of chest; upper lores (from top of bill to top... read more


    Dawn song a high, insistent “tsip-tsip ti-chéw ti-chéw” or variant. Calls high-pitched, lisping “... read more


    Moist deciduous and humid evergreen woodland, mostly in semi-open situations, pastures with... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, infrequently fruit; reported to eat Miconia berries. Four stomachs contained only animal matter, including beetles (... read more


    In the Guianan region breeding may occur during short dry season (Feb/Mar–Apr) and again during longer Aug–Dec dry season, indicating... read more


    Resident over most of range. Some seasonal movements may occur in llanos region of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its large range; often locally distributed and seldom numerous. Found in a few protected areas, but much more widely in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Hooded Tanager (Nemosia pileata). 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 25 February 2020).