Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Sulphur-rumped Tanager (Heterospingus rubrifrons)


French: Tangara à croupion jaune German: Schwefelbürzeltangare Spanish: Tangara lomiazufrada

Tachyphonus rubrifrons


, 1865,

Lion Hill Station, Panama


Often considered conspecific with H. xanthopygius, but differs significantly in morphology and is well differentiated genetically#R. Monotypic.


Caribbean slope from Costa Rica (Limón) E to NE Panama (E to Puerto Obaldía, in San Blas); locally on Pacific slope of Panama in Veraguas (sight record) and Panamá Province (Cerro Jefe, Cerro Azul, Cerro Chucantí), also in extreme W Darién.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 36–40 g. Rather large, dull, heavy-billed tanager, with long bill slightly hooked at tip. Male has head, neck and upperparts to back dark leaden grey, yellow... read more


Call a thin “tsip” or “tseet”, singly or sometimes in rapid, squeaky or... read more


Humid lowland and foothill forest, and forest borders; to c. 700 m in Costa Rica and to c. 900 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, and large and small arthropods. Fruit includes Cecropia, Hamelia, and mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae). Occurs in... read more


Pair in Nov carrying nest material to epiphyte-covered branch 20 m up. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central American Caribbean Slope EBA and Darién Lowlands EBA. Uncommon. Inhabits lowlands and foothill regions... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Sulphur-rumped Tanager (Heterospingus rubrifrons). 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).