Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-browed Tanager (Heterospingus xanthopygius)


French: Tangara à sourcils roux German: Rotbrauentangare Spanish: Tangara cejirroja

Tachyphonus xanthopygius

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,



See H. rubrifrons. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. x. xanthopygius (P. L. Sclater, 1855) – E Panama (E Darién, including Tuira Valley, Cerro Pirre, Cerro Sapo, Jaqué Valley, and Serranía de Jungurudó) and E through N Colombia (along N base of W & C Andes, and S in Magdalena Valley to Antioquia).
  • H. x. berliozi Wetmore, 1966 – Pacific coast of Colombia (from N Chocó) S to WC Ecuador (Pichincha and Chimborazo).
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; two males 38 g and 39·5 g (berliozi). Relatively large, dark tanager with heavy bill slightly hooked at tip. Male nominate race is mainly sooty-black... read more


    Infrequently heard song, in W Colombia, a squeaky, twittering and somewhat rhythmic “cheero-... read more


    Tall humid and wet forest, forest borders and tall second growth of various ages, in lowlands and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Noted eating Cecropia catkins and Miconia berries, and in Panama seen to forage around flowers. Contents of one stomach... read more


    In Colombia, one bird building nest in mid-Dec in upper Anchicayá Valley, pair with begging juvenile on 19th Jan in lower Dagua Valley, and... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Found in variety of second-growth habitats, as well as in humid primary forest. Occurs in several large protected areas, including... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Scarlet-browed Tanager (Heterospingus xanthopygius). 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).