Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-crested Tanager (Creurgops verticalis)


Taxonomy

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

Creurgops verticalis

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Napo, eastern Ecuador

.

See C. dentatus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61582 on 16 December 2018).