Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia)


French: Calliste à ailes rousses German: Kastanienflügeltangare Spanish: Tangara alirrufa

Calliste Lavinia


, 1858,

Isthmus of Darién, Panama


Closely related to T. gyrola; replaces latter in lowlands of wet Chocó–Pacific region. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. l. cara (Bangs, 1905) – extreme E Guatemala (Puerto Barrios), Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
  • T. l. dalmasi (Hellmayr, 1910) – Panama, on Caribbean slope E to W San Blas and locally on Pacific slope in E Panamá Province.
  • T. l. lavinia (Cassin, 1858) – extreme E Panama (E Darién) and S along Pacific slope of Colombia (from N Chocó), including Gorgona I, to W Ecuador (Pichincha).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; mean 24 g. Male nominate race has head to well below eye rich glossy chestnut, nape and upper back bright shining golden-yellow, becoming bright glossy green on lower... read more


    Not especially vocal. Calls mostly weak, “tseeup” or “tseep”, and sharp piercing “zeek”; a thin... read more


    Inhabits humid forest and wet forest, and tall second-growth woodland and borders. Lowlands to 750... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and arthropods. Recorded as eating fruits of figs (Ficus), Cecropia and melastomes in W Colombia. Behaviour not so... read more


    Few records. Nesting in May in Costa Rica; individual building nest in Jul in Colombia (W Valle). A cup-nest in Costa Rica was composed of... read more


    Largely resident. Some seasonal elevational movements reported on Caribbean slope in Costa Rica,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon over most of range; absent or quite local in most of E Panama. Generally scarce and local in Central American portion of range; more... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia). 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 21 February 2020).