Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak (Parkerthraustes humeralis)


French: Tangara de Parker German: Gelbschultertangare Spanish: Picogrueso humeral

Pitylus [Caryothraustes] humeralis


, 1867,

“Bogotá, Colombia” (trade skins of unknown provenance)


Formerly placed in Cardinalidae, often in Caryothraustes, but clearly divergent in morphology, plumage and behaviour; now confirmed as a tanager most closely related to Orchesticus abeillei#R. Taxonomic status of undescribed form from Ecuador as yet unclear. Monotypic.


Extreme S Colombia (E slope of Andes in Caquetá and Putumayo), E Ecuador (E slope from W Sucumbíos and W Napo S to Morona-Santiago), E Peru (Amazonas and Loreto S to Madre de Dios and N Puno), W & C Brazil (S Amazonas and Rondônia E to E Pará and NW Mato Grosso) and N Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

16 cm; one female 37 g (Brazil). Distinctive, with relatively narrow bill thick-based and with strongly curved culmen. Male has crown to nape grey, lores, area below eye and... read more


Rather silent. Song a repetitive, high lisping “seet tseer-tseer”; call a loud, clear inflected “... read more


Interior of lowland humid forest, at 200–1000 m; usually below 750 m.

Food and feeding

No published data; stomach contents (Ecuador) insect parts and seeds. Solitary and in pairs, often in mixed-species foraging flocks with... read more


Juveniles seen when foraging with adults in Jun in NE Peru. No other information.


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known. Evidently rather uncommon and in low numbers through much of range; possibly overlooked owing to its inconspicuous behaviour. May be... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2019). Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak (Parkerthraustes humeralis). 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).