Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus)


French: Tangara à dos citron German: Gelbrückentangare Spanish: Tangara culigualda

R[h]amphocelus icteronotus


, 1838,



Usually treated as conspecific with R. flammigerus, and genetic differences apparently minimal; moreover, owing to recent deforestation the two taxa now reportedly meet and interbreed in W Andes of Colombia (along a narrow but stable band at middle elevations on upper Pacific slope); even so, visual divergence striking. No races of present species described, but females and immatures from W Ecuador are more olive, less brown or grey, above than those farther N; further research required. Monotypic.


Panama from Caribbean slope in Bocas del Toro E across both slopes (from foothills of Veraguas) to Colombia (N base of W Andes, lower Cauca Valley and E to middle Magdalena Valley from Santander S to N Tolima, and on W slope of E Andes) and S along Pacific coast to SW Ecuador (Guayas, El Oro, W Loja) and adjacent NW Peru (Tumbes).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 29·6–35·6 g. Male is almost entirely deep black; feathers of head short, dense and plushy, resembling black velvet; middle back to rump and... read more


Dawn song, from top of low bush or sapling, an energetic and somewhat musical “tseee-yah... read more


Thickets, bushy forest borders, overgrown clearings, pastures and shrubbery around settled areas,... read more

Food and feeding

Of eight stomachs examined, six contained only vegetable matter and two contained both vegetable and animal matter; contents included... read more


Season Feb to mid-May in Panama; in Colombia, nesting reported Dec through mid-Apr in W Valle del Cauca, and eleven breeding-condition... read more


Resident over most of range, perhaps either scarce or a seasonal visitor on Pacific slope of Canal... read more

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Usually treated as conspecific with R. flammigerus. Locally common to uncommon. Occurs sparingly in Caribbean W Panama, progressively more numerous to... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus). 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 19 May 2019).