Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-faced Tanager (Tangara lunigera)


French: Calliste basané German: Goldstirntangare Spanish: Tangara carigualda

Calliste lunigera

P. L. Sclater

, 1851,

Río Negro; error = west Ecuador


See T. chrysotis. Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. parzudakii, but differs in its flame-orange crown with dark scales on nape vs forecrown red, rest of crown yellow (3); pale green of breast rising up behind black ear-covert patch as neck side collar vs yellow of crown continuing down to cover this area and meet the breast colour behind the ear-covert patch (2); moustachial area bright pale greenish-yellow shading to orange below the eye vs red (3); breast, scapulars and rump glittering pale green vs very pale bluish-green (ns[1]); belly slightly richer pale brown (ns[1]); smaller size (effect size for tail –4.2, score 2). Monotypic.


Pacific slope of W Andes from Colombia (S from Risaralda) S to W slope in Ecuador (S to El Oro).

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Yellow-faced Tanager (Tangara lunigera). 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).