Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rust-and-yellow Tanager (Thlypopsis ruficeps)


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

S[ylvia]. ruficeps

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

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




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


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


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


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


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 on 14 December 2019).