Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-crested Tanager (Chrysocorypha delatrii)


French: Tangara de Delattre German: Schwarzachsel-Haubentangare Spanish: Tangara de Delattre

Tachyphonus Delatrii


, 1847,

Buenaventura, south-west Colombia


Colour and size of coronal patch variable, but not in any geographical pattern to suggest subspecific variation. Internal content of original description does not permit emendation to delattrii. Monotypic.


E Honduras S on Caribbean coast to Panama (occurs in Veraguas, on Pacific slope of Panama#R), and from Colombia (N base of W & C Andes E to middle Magdalena Valley) S on Pacific coast to NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas and Pichincha), also Gorgona I, in Colombia.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 14–21 g. Noisy dark-plumaged tanager with fairly slender and sharply pointed bill, male with bright “Mo­hawk” crest. Male is mainly glossy black above and below,... read more


Calls include metallic “tchit” or “zick”, a higher “tsip” or “tchewp”, and a distinctive high,... read more


Humid and wet forest interior, but most numerous in overgrown forest borders, tall second growth... read more

Food and feeding

Few details of diet. Stomach of one bird from Panama contained bits of elytra of a beetle (Coleoptera) (4% of contents) and fragments of 25... read more


Probably breeds in Mar–Jun in Costa Rica; in NW Colombia 18 breeding-condition birds between Feb and May, one in Mar (in Chocó) and one in... read more


Mainly resident. Some local movements suggested: in Colombia, nearly absent in middle Magdalena... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. One old report from Bolivar–Chimborazo border, in C Ecuador, well S of current range. Occurs in many parks and reserves,... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Tawny-crested Tanager (Chrysocorypha delatrii). 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 May 2019).