Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-cheeked Tanager (Tangara rufigenis)


French: Calliste à joues rousses German: Rotwangentangare Spanish: Tangara carirrufa

Calliste rufigenis

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

Caracas, Venezuela




N Venezuela: N end of Andes in S Lara, mountains of Yaracuy (Sierra de Aroa), coastal cordillera from Carabobo E to Miranda, and interior cordillera in S Aragua (Cerro Golfo Triste).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 16–17·4 g. Rather small bluish-green tanager with small rufous mask. Has lores and chin back to rear ear-coverts rufous; rest of head to nape, mantle and... read more


Contact or foraging call a weak “tsit”, sometimes in rapid series. No song described. read more


Humid and wet forest, forest borders, and second growth or disturbed vegetation in small forest... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, also arthropods. Takes variety of small berries from species of melastome. Occurs alone or, more often, in pairs or small groups,... read more


No information.


Some downslope movement during rainier months, May–Sept, in Henri Pittier National Park.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA. Uncommon; generally at low density. Suitable habitat for this species... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Rufous-cheeked Tanager (Tangara rufigenis). 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 19 May 2019).