Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-and-white Tanager (Chrysothlypis salmoni)


French: Tangara rouge German: Seidenflankentangare Spanish: Tangara rojiblanca

Dacnis salmoni

P. L. Sclater

, 1886,

Remedios, Antioquia, Colombia


Originally described in genus Dacnis, then transferred to Nemosia and later to Erythrothlypis, but despite very distinctive male plumage now generally accepted as being congeneric with Chrysothlypis chrysomelas, and recent molecular analysis reveals a level of sequence divergence which tends to support this#R. Monotypic.


N base of W & C Andes of Colombia (Antioquia S to middle Magdalena Valley) S on Pacific coast and slope to NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; male 9·8–14·5 g. Comparatively thin tanager, male with highly distinctive plumage. Male has head, throat and entire upperparts scarlet, lesser and... read more


Possible song a weak, high-pitched and relatively short “ti ti ti-te-te-ta-heét... read more


Borders and openings in foothills where there is stunted second growth, and especially dense,... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and arthropods. In study in W Valle (Colombia) 58% of observed feeding records involved fruit, the remainder insects and other small... read more


Stub-tailed fledglings seen in Apr and May. Young of a previous generation may assist at the nest. No other information.


Resident. No local or migratory movements recorded during 16-month study with ringed birds in R... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Nechí Lowlands EBA and Chocó EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in several protected areas in... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Scarlet-and-white Tanager (Chrysothlypis salmoni). 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).