Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-rumped Tanager (Cypsnagra hirundinacea)


French: Tangara hirundinacé German: Weißbürzeltangare Spanish: Tangara culiblanca

Tanagra hirundinacea


, 1831,

São Paulo, Brazil


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. h. pallidigula Hellmayr, 1907 – NE Bolivia (W to W Beni) and C & E Brazil (from Humaitá, on R Madeira, E to SE Pará, N Maranhão, N Ceará and W Paraíba, and S to N Mato Grosso, N Goiás and W Bahia); isolated populations in S Suriname and extreme NC & NE Brazil (SC Amapá, NE Pará, NE Rio Grande do Norte#R).
  • C. h. hirundinacea (Lesson, 1831) – E Bolivia, EC Paraguay (Laguna Blanca) and S Brazil (S Mato Grosso E to S Goiás and S Bahia, S to São Paulo).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–16·5 cm; 25–34 g. Boldly patterned tanager with fairly thick bill. Nominate race has head to just below eye, nape to upper back, uppertail-coverts and... read more


    Song, heard mainly prior to sunrise, a fast, loud series of melodic whistles with liquid quality,... read more


    Primarily grasslands with scattered low trees and shrubs up to c. 2–5 m tall. In E Bolivia found in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insectivorous, but reported also as eating fruit of Annona, Byrsonima, Eugenia and Erythroxylum... read more


    In Brazil nesting recorded in Sept and Nov in Goiás and Nov in São Paulo; mid Aug–mid Dec in Distrito Federal. Co-... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common locally. Occurs in several large protected areas, among them Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (Bolivia) and Das Emas... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2020). White-rumped Tanager (Cypsnagra hirundinacea). 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).