Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Lacrimose Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus lacrymosus)


French: Tangara larmoyant German: Tränenbergtangare Spanish: Tangara lacrimosa

Tachyphonus lacrymosus

du Bus de Gisignies

, 1846,

Maraynioc, Peru


Close to and formerly treated as conspecific with A. melanogenys. Race pallididorsalis distinctive, but races tamae and olivaceiceps provide links from the darker-backed taxa. Nine subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. l. pallididorsalis Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1952 – Perija Mountain-tanager – Sierra de Perijá on N Colombia–W Venezuela border.
  • A. l. melanops (Berlepsch, 1893) – Andes of W Venezuela (in Trujillo, Mérida and N Táchira).
  • A. l. tamae (Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941) – Andes of W Venezuela (S Táchira) and adjacent E Andes of Colombia (Norte de Santander and Boyacá, probably farther S#R).
  • A. l. olivaceiceps (Berlepsch, 1912) – Colombia at N end of W Andes (Antioquia) and in C Andes (S to Quindío and Tolima).
  • A. l. yariguierum Donegan & Avendaño, 2010 – Colombia on W slope of E Andes in Santander (Serranía de Yariguíes).
  • A. l. intensus Meyer de Schauensee, 1951 – SW Colombia on E slope of W Andes (Valle del Cauca and Cauca).
  • A. l. palpebrosus (Lafresnaye, 1847) – S Colombia (on both slopes in S Cauca and Nariño) and E slope of Ecuador (S to at least Morona-Santiago).
  • A. l. caerulescens (Taczanowski & Berlepsch, 1885) – E slope of Andes in Ecuador (from Loja, or possibly farther N) and N Peru (S to Cajamarca and N Amazonas).
  • A. l. lacrymosus (du Bus de Gisignies, 1846) – Lacrimose Mountain-tanager – E slope in Peru from Amazonas (S of R Marañón) S to Junín, Ayacucho and N Cuzco).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; 25–38 g. Fairly distinctive tanager with rather short and thick bill. Nominate race has crown and upperparts slaty blue, rump slightly more bluish, tail dusky,... read more


    Dawn song in Peru, from exposed perch in top of shrub or small tree, 2–6 phrases composed of high,... read more


    Humid and wet montane forest, shrubby forest borders and, at high elevations, stunted mossy forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly fruit and insects. Noted as eating berries from melastomes and from Schefflera in Peru. Of 17 stomachs examined, 15... read more


    In Colombia, one nest found in May and begging juvenile in Jul in Cauca (Puracé National Park), and twelve birds in breeding condition in... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common; widely distributed in Andes from Venezuela S to S Peru. While deforestation in montane regions has fragmented and reduced... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Lacrimose Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus lacrymosus). 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 9 December 2019).