Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Rose-throated Tanager (Piranga roseogularis)


French: Piranga à gorge rose German: Rosenkehlkardinal Spanish: Piranga yucateca

Pyranga roseo-gularis

S. Cabot

, 1846,

Yalahau, Quintana Roo, Mexico


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. r. roseogularis S. Cabot, 1846 – drier N portions of Yucatán Peninsula (N Campeche, S & E Yucatán and N Quintana Roo), in SE Mexico.
  • P. r. cozumelae Ridgway, 1901 – islands of Mujeres and Cozumel, off NE Quintana Roo.
  • P. r. tincta Paynter, 1950 – more humid C & S portions of Yucatán Peninsula, N Guatemala and Belize.
  • Descriptive notes

    16 cm; 21–30 g. Heavy-billed, comparatively dull tanager. Male nominate race has entire crown deep rose, lores dusky, large white eyering; rest of side of head, neck and... read more


    Song a rich warbled “whee chee cheer-el-chee cheer-el-cheu chee-el-chu...” and so on. Call a raspy... read more


    Mainly semi-humid to humid forest edge and scrubby forest with thick undergrowth, infrequently... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information. In pairs when breeding. Forages in middle or upper part of medium-sized trees, and often in canopy with mixed-species... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common in scrub woodland on Yucatán Peninsula. Race cozumelae uncommon on Cozumel I, where appears to have declined... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Rose-throated Tanager (Piranga roseogularis). 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 24 August 2019).