Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Masked Crimson Tanager (Ramphocelus nigrogularis)


French: Tangara masqué German: Maskentangare Spanish: Tangara enmascarada

Tanagra nigrogularis


, 1825,

“ad flumen Solimoëns in sylvis pagi St. Pauli” = São Paulo de Olivença, River Solimões, Brazil




C, E & S Colombia (San José del Guaviare; Inírida region of Guainía#R; E of Andes S from Meta and Amazonas) S to E Ecuador and E Peru (S to Madre de Dios), and E, mostly S of R Amazon, to NC Brazil (to lower R Xingu, in E Pará).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 27–36 g. Distinctive red-and-black tanager with stout bill, lower mandible somewhat expanded at base. Has base of forehead, area around eye and upper throat black (... read more


Dawn song a cheerful, semi-musical “wheet chu, wheet, chu...” or “chuck wheet? chuck wheet?...”... read more


Shrubby várzea forest borders, second growth and vegetation along margins of oxbow lakes... read more

Food and feeding

Prey items in SE Peru included spiders (Araneae), caterpillars, katydids (Tettigoniidae), and various unidentified items; in Brazil,... read more


Two nests found, in Jul in E Ecuador and Aug in SE Peru. Nest a bulky cup of dead dicot leaves wrapped around adjacent stems, sparsely... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common, and widespread across W & C Amazonia. Occurs in numerous lowland national parks and eco-lodge reserves, including Yasuní National... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Masked Crimson Tanager (Ramphocelus nigrogularis). 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).