Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-naped Tanager (Tangara fulvicervix)


French: Calliste à nuque fauve German: Blauschultertangare Spanish: Tangara nuquirrufa

Calliste fulvicervix

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1876,

Tilotilo, Yungas of La Paz, Bolivia


Could be placed in Chalcothraupis (see Genus text). Usually considered conspecific with T. ruficervix, but differs in its powder-blue vs pale turquoise-green lower throat, breast and flanks (3); broad powder-blue vs narrow pale violet or turquoise mid-crown, mantle and general shade of upperparts (2); hindcrown dull rusty-gold unbordered by black vs dull orange-yellow with black line above and below (3); no whitish flecks on ear-coverts (ns[2]); probably a smaller bill (not measured). Race amabilis may intergrade with inca in C Peru. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. amabilis J. T. Zimmer, 1943 – E slope of Andes in N Peru (S at least to Huánuco).
  • T. f. inca Parkes, 1969 – S Peru (Junín S to Puno).
  • T. f. fulvicervix (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1876) – E slope of Andes in extreme SE Peru (near Bolivian border) and Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–13 cm; 16–22·2 g. Small, mostly blue tanager. Male nominate race is mainly violet-blue; lores, chin, forecrown and ocular area black, cinnamon-rufous patch on rear crown... read more


    Calls include a high-pitched “tsip” and “ti” notes, sometimes given singly, but also in fast... read more


    Humid and wet forest borders, older second growth and less often inside wet mossy forest. At c.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Takes variety of small fruits and berries, including those of melastomes, figs (Ficus), Morus and Cecropia; also... read more


    No information.


    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common, perhaps more numerous locally. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including Manu National Park (Peru)... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Rusty-naped Tanager (Tangara fulvicervix). 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).