Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Ruby-crowned Tanager (Tachyphonus coronatus)


French: Tangara couronné German: Kronentangare Spanish: Tangara coronada

A[gelaius]. Coronatus


, 1822,

Páxaros, Paraguay


See T. rufus. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (N Mato Grosso do Sul E to extreme SE Bahia, S to C Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones and N Corrientes).

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 26–33 g. Male is mainly glossy blue-black, with narrow (usually concealed) red patch in centre of rear crown; underwing-coverts white (usually conspicuous in flight),... read more


Song varies individually, typically rich melodious phrases, e.g. “whit-it chéw, chew-chew”, a... read more


Found mostly in semi-open, lightly wooded or shrubby areas, including open woodland, shrubby forest... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, also wide variety of fruit, and seeds. Among fruits recorded in diet are melastomes (including Leandra), Cecropia... read more


In Brazil, breeding reported in Oct–Jan in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Cup-nest of grass, lined with rootlets, placed less than 2 m up in... read more


May be partially migratory in Rio de Janeiro, in SE Brazil.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common throughout range. Occurs in numerous protected areas in both Argentina and S Brazil, and adapts well to a variety of edge, second-... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2018). Ruby-crowned Tanager (Tachyphonus coronatus). 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 25 March 2018).