Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Sira Tanager (Tangara phillipsi)


French: Calliste de Phillips German: Siratangare Spanish: Tangara del Sira

Tangara phillipsi

G. R. Graves and Weske

, 1987,

Cerros del Sira, 1300 m, Huánuco, Peru


See T. argentea (above), also T. viridicollis (above). Has been suggested that this and T. heinei might be better treated as conspecific, but most authors argue that, because of the wide geographical distance between them, as well as plumage differences, they are best regarded as separate species. Monotypic.


Cerros del Sira (E of E base of Andes in E Huánuco and E Pasco#R), in Peru.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 16·8–21·7 g. Male has black crown to hindneck, black extending down behind ear-coverts onto rear side of neck and to chest, enclosing blue-green throat (throat... read more


Song undescribed. Calls are a high "tsip" and a nasal wheezy, descending "... read more


Canopy and edges of tall, mossy, pre-montane wet forest on isolated outlying ridges; 1300–1570 m.

Food and feeding

Not well known. Mixed diet of fruits and insects, apparently much like that of congeners. Regular member of canopy mixed-species flocks... read more


No information. Birds in Jul were not in breeding condition.


Resident; some minor seasonal elevational movements possible.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian East Andean Foothills EBA. Locally fairly common to common.... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Boesman, P. (2020). Sira Tanager (Tangara phillipsi). 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).