Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Red-hooded Tanager (Piranga rubriceps)


French: Piranga à capuchon German: Scharlachkopfkardinal Spanish: Piranga capuchirroja

P[yranga]. rubriceps

G. R. Gray

, 1844,





Locally in all three ranges of Andes in Colombia, and on E slope (from Nariño and Putumayo) S through Ecuador (locally also on W slope S to Pichincha) to N Peru (S to Huánuco).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 28–42 g. Colourful stout-billed tanager with red head and yellow underparts. Male has entire head down to upper mantle and to central breast deep red, back and... read more


Song a combination of thin trills, e.g., “tititi­titi”, interspersed with sweeter, more musical... read more


Found in humid and wet montane forest, especially mossy epiphyte-laden forests, and forest edges.... read more

Food and feeding

Forages in pairs and in small groups of 3–6 individuals; with mixed-species flocks or away from them about equally. Hops and peers... read more


Female in breeding condition in Sept at N end of W Andes. No other information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon and local; almost everywhere throughout limited Andean range occurs at low density. Can be found in a number of protected areas,... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Red-hooded Tanager (Piranga rubriceps). 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 23 February 2020).