Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Scrub Tanager (Tangara vitriolina)


French: Calliste vitriolin German: Rotscheiteltangare Spanish: Tangara matorralera

C[allispiza]. vitriolina


, 1851,

#R, Colombia




Colombia from Pacific slope of W Andes E to W slope of E Andes (Norte de Santander) and E slope of E Andes (E Cauca), S to NW Ecuador.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 18·4–26·8 g. Relatively dull tanager, with dingier plumage than that of congeners. Male has crown rufous, lores, ocular area and postocular area dusky, forming fairly... read more


Call a shrill, buzzy “ziit”. Song lisping and buzzy, beginning slowly, then accelerating quickly... read more


Dry scrubby or cultivated areas, overgrown pastures, agricultural areas, brushy fence rows, and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and arthropods. May take more insects than fruit; recorded taking melastome berries. One stomach contained insects. Usually seen... read more


May breed most of year: in Colombia, fledglings in Feb and juvenile with adult in Mar in Cauca, fledglings in May in Cundinamarca, adults... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common. Has expanded its range as a result of deforestation and increased disturbance, and is now found in wetter regions and at higher elevations... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Scrub Tanager (Tangara vitriolina). 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 19 November 2019).