Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-throated Tanager (Compsothraupis loricata)


French: Tangara à gorge écarlate German: Rotbrusttangare Spanish: Tangara gorjirroja

Tanagra loricata

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1819,

NE Brazil (possibly Ceará)




E Brazil from E Maranhão, Piauí, Ceará, Pernambuco and Alagoas S to extreme E Mato Grosso#R, N Goiás and C Minas Gerais.

Descriptive notes

21 cm; one male 72·5 g. Large, long-tailed and icterid-like in appearance. Male is glossy blue-black, except for scarlet throat and centre of chest; base of feathers of back... read more


Call a loud icterid-like “chirt” or “kyuh”, often repeated over and over (especially when in flight... read more


Caatinga, gallery woodland and other semi-open areas near marshes, lagoons and rivers,... read more

Food and feeding

Stomach contents insects. Found in pairs, trios or, more often, small groups of up to c. 6–8 individuals, even when nesting; red-throated... read more


In display, male reveals white feather bases on back. Nest hidden in dense palm crown, in woodpecker (Picidae) hole in Mauritia... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Extensive deforestation continues within the rather small range of this species, and its remaining suitable habitat is fragmented. In need... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Scarlet-throated Tanager (Compsothraupis loricata). 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 May 2019).