Family Thrush-tanager (Rhodinocichlidae)

Least Concern

Rosy Thrush-tanager (Rhodinocichla rosea)


French: Quéo rosalbin German: Rosenbrust-Tangarenammer Spanish: Tangara rosada

Furnarius roseus


, 1832,

Brazil; error = Caracas, Venezuela


Races represent at least three geographically isolated populations; furthermore, the three races in South America (typically represented as a single geographical unit) are possibly isolated from each other. Proposal to treat all five races as separate species#R has accrued little, if any, support, in part due to partial “leap-frog” pattern to morphological variation, e.g. schistacea rather similar to nominate. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. r. schistacea Ridgway, 1878 – W Mexico from S Sinaloa S to W Michoacán, also isolated population in vicinity of Laguna Tres Palos (near Acapulco, in Guerrero).
  • R. r. eximia Ridgway, 1902 – W Costa Rica (E San José) S to C Panama (Panamá Province on Pacific slope; locally on Caribbean slope in Coclé and Colón).
  • R. r. harterti Hellmayr, 1918 – Colombia (N & W base of Santa Marta Mts and W Guajira; E slope of C Andes in N Tolima; and W slope of E range from Norte de Santander S to Cundinamarca).
  • R. r. beebei Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1949 – both slopes of Sierra de Perijá, on Venezuela–Colombia border.
  • R. r. rosea (Lesson, 1832) – N Venezuela in Sierra de San Luis, S Lara, and coastal cordillera (from Yaracuy E to Distrito Federal and Miranda, S to extreme N Guárico at San Francisco de Macaira).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20 cm; 43–52 g. Distinctive species, with fairly long sharp bill and large and strong legs and feet. Male nominate race has crown and side of head slate-grey, broad... read more


    Songs vary somewhat geographically, but in all areas they retain distinctive quality and pattern.... read more


    Thickets and tangled undergrowth on scrubby semi-arid slopes, undergrowth in thorn-forest, cane... read more

    Food and feeding

    Takes a rather wide variety of food items. Of six stomachs examined, three contained only vegetable matter and three contained both animal... read more


    Jul in Mexico, and reported in Jan–Sept in Costa Rica. Nest built by both sexes, a shallow, well-made cup of acacia-like rachises on a twig... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common very locally. Occurs in a series of small, isolated populations from W Mexico S to N Venezuela. Decidedly local and with apparently... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Rosy Thrush-tanager (Rhodinocichla rosea). 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).