Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Slaty Tanager (Creurgops dentatus)


French: Tangara ardoisé German: Schiefertangare Spanish: Tangara pizarrosa

Malacothraupis dentata

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1876,

Tilotilo, La Paz, Bolivia


Was earlier placed in a separate genus, Malacothraupis, but on molecular evidence is sister to C. verticalis#R. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes from SE Peru (Cordillera Vilcabamba, in Cuzco) S to Bolivia (Cochabamba, possibly also Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 16–20 g. Male has conspicuous chestnut cap extending from bill to nape, bordered narrowly with black at side; otherwise, plumage almost entirely slate-grey above and... read more


Calls during foraging a rather rough, burry “zurrk” and various high-pitched “sik” and “seet” notes... read more


Humid and wet montane forest and tall, humid second growth; primarily a cloudforest bird. Recorded... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, relatively little fruit. Contents of five stomachs were insects, including beetles (Coleoptera). Normally found singly or in... read more


No information.


Some local or seasonal movement possible; only occasionally recorded in disturbed forest along R... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian East Andean Foothills EBA and Bolivian and Peruvian Lower Yungas EBA. Fairly common in S Peru (Cuzco... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Slaty Tanager (Creurgops dentatus). 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 26 May 2019).