Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rust-and-yellow Tanager (Thlypopsis ruficeps)


Taxonomy

French: Tangara à ventre jaune German: Goldkappentangare Spanish: Tangara alisera
Taxonomy:

S[ylvia]. ruficeps

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

near Palca, Apupaya (“between Cochabamba and Incasivi”), Bolivia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andes from SC Peru (E slope from Ayacucho, Apurímac and Cuzco) S through Bolivia to NW Argentina (vicinity of Tucumán).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 9·6–13 g. Small, brightly coloured thin-billed tanager. Male has crown, side of head to below eye, and malar area bright rufous, upperparts, including uppertail-... read more

Voice

Song, sometimes as duet, a short burst of chittering notes, similar to that of T. sordida... read more

Habitat

Bushy second growth and forest borders in humid areas, borders of cloudforest, Chusquea... read more

Food and feeding

Eleven stomachs contained only insects. Occurs alone, in pairs, and in groups of up to 5–6 individuals, often associated with mixed-species... read more

Breeding

Juveniles seen in Jun (Cuzco) and May and Jul (Puno) in Peru, and in Feb (La Paz) and May (Cochabamba) in Bolivia; fledgling in Jan in NW... read more

Movements

Appears to be at least partially migratory in extreme S of range (vicinity of Tucumán, in Argentina... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common throughout range. Record from Martín García I (off NE Buenos Aires), in E Argentina, presumed to have involved a... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Rust-and-yellow Tanager (Thlypopsis ruficeps). 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/61606 on 19 May 2019).