Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Tanager Finch (Oreothraupis arremonops)


French: Tohi élégant German: Tangarenbuschammer Spanish: Cerquero tangarino

Saltator arremonops

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

north of Quito, Ecuador




Patchily in W Andes of Colombia (Antioquia, Risaralda, Valle del Cauca, Cauca and Nariño) and NW Ecuador (Imbabura and Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

20–20·5 cm. A large bulky finch with pot-bellied structure, relatively short bill with curved culmen, and maxilla sometimes overhanging lower. Head is black,... read more


Song high-pitched and buzzy, starting with 3–5 more nasal notes before continuing as stilting... read more


Undergrowth of montane forest, often mossy cloudforest; 1200–2700 m.

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages on and near ground, usually in moist undergrowth, under low shrubs, in leaf litter of mossy forest; tends... read more


One nest with egg found in Nov and dependent juveniles in Nov and Dec in Ecuador (Pichincha), and juveniles with adults observed in Jun in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Rare and very local. Fragmented range; known... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Tanager Finch (Oreothraupis arremonops). 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 25 February 2020).