Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-throated Tanager (Tangara rufigula)


French: Calliste à gorge rousse German: Rostkehltangare Spanish: Tangara golirrufa

T[anagrella]. Rufigula


, 1851,

Calacali, 12 miles [c. 20 km] north of Quito, Ecuador


See T. varia. Monotypic.


Pacific slope of Colombia (from C Chocó and Risaralda) S to W Ecuador (locally S to El Oro).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; mean 19·1 g. Small, modestly patterned tanager with mostly black head and spotted underparts. Crown to nape and side of head to below eye are dusky black; lower... read more


Relatively noisy and vocal for its genus, often uttering excited bursts of ticking and twittering... read more


Humid to very wet pre-montane forest borders (mossy forest), and trees in small forest clearings;... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and arthropods. Animal prey items identified include caterpillars, other larvae, and flying termites (Isoptera). In W Valle del... read more


All data from Colombia. Breeding activities recorded Aug–Jan, with nests found in Aug and Sept, single individuals and pairs carrying nest... read more


Resident. No movement recorded during 16-month observation of colour-ringed birds in Anchicayá... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common. Occurs in a few protected areas, notably Tatamá, Farallones de Cali and Cerro Munchique National Parks and Tambito... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Rufous-throated Tanager (Tangara rufigula). 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 12 December 2019).