Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-scarfed Tanager (Iridosornis reinhardti)


French: Tangara de Reinhardt German: Goldband-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara de Reinhardt

Iridornis reinhardti

P. L. Sclater

, 1865,

no locality = east slope of Peruvian Cordilleras


Considered closely related to and possibly even conspecific with I. rufivertex, but morphological differences considerable and voices evidently dissimilar#R. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes S of Marañón Valley (from Amazonas to Ayacucho) and Cordillera Vilcabamba (in Cuzco), in Peru.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 19·5–28 g. Distinctive dark tanager with yellow band over head; bill stubby and thick. Has head, neck, mantle and throat black, broad golden band... read more


Call a sharp, high-pitched “tzit”; also “tzi-zi” and “tip” and... read more


Humid montane forest and forest borders, elfin woodland at tree-line, and scrubby low vegetation on... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly berries and small fruits, supplemented by a few insects. Of ten stomachs examined, six contained only vegetable matter and one only... read more


Juvenile with adult in Jun in Huánuco. No other information.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA and Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Fairly common within narrow band... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Yellow-scarfed Tanager (Iridosornis reinhardti). 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 14 December 2019).