Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-crested Tanager (Creurgops verticalis)


French: Tangara à cimier roux German: Ockerschopftangare Spanish: Tangara crestirrufa

Creurgops verticalis

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Napo, eastern Ecuador


See C. dentatus. Monotypic.


W Venezuela (Táchira), and Andes from Colombia (patchily W & C Andes, including both slopes in Nariño, head of Magdalena Valley in Huila; spottily on entire E slope of E Andes) S on W slope to extreme NW Ecuador (Carchi), and throughout E slope of Ecuador S to C Peru (Junín and N Ayacucho).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 21–27 g. Notably heavy bill has small “tooth” near tip of cutting edge of upper mandible, visible in the hand. Male has crown and side of head to below eye leaden grey... read more


Often rather quiet. Song (or possibly calls) a rather high series of short phrases, “pit-sa, pit-sa... read more


Humid and wet mossy montane forest, and occasionally along forest borders; primarily a cloudforest... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily an insectivorous species; eats some fruit. One stomach contained only animal matter, another both vegetable and animal matter,... read more


In Colombia, two males in breeding condition in Jun at N end of W Andes and, in C Andes, one in Jun in Antioquia and one in Mar in S Huila... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. In Venezuela, known only from a few records near Colombian border. Deforestation within this species’ range is... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Rufous-crested Tanager (Creurgops verticalis). 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 February 2020).