Flame crested Tanager (Tachyphonus cristatus)

Flame-crested Tanager

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Thraupidae | [latin] Tachyphonus cristatus | [UK] Flame-crested Tanager | [FR] Tangara a huppe rouge | [DE] Haubentangare | [ES] Frutero de Cresta Rojiza | [IT] Tangara crestadifiamma | [NL] Vuurkuiftangare


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Tachyphonus cristatus SA Amazonia
Tachyphonus cristatus brunneus
Tachyphonus cristatus cristatellus
Tachyphonus cristatus cristatus
Tachyphonus cristatus fallax
Tachyphonus cristatus huarandosae
Tachyphonus cristatus intercedens
Tachyphonus cristatus madeirae
Tachyphonus cristatus nattereri
Tachyphonus cristatus orinocensis
Tachyphonus cristatus pallidigula

Physical charateristics

The male is mostly black with a broad, flat yellow and orange crest. There is a variation of crest colour amongst the 9 sub-species. Usually somewhite at the shoulder can be observed and this shows as white under-wings in flight. The rump is buff as is the throat although this might not be very noticeable in some lights and some sub-species have smaller throat patches. The female is olive-brown above with a white throat and rich ochraceous underparts. Some sub-species have a chestnut tinge to the crown and rump

Listen to the sound of Flame-crested Tanager

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The Flame-crested Tanager is found throughout most of the Amazon Basin, south Venezuela and the Guianas with a second, disjunct population in eastern Brazil.


It inhabits forest, forest borders and clearings where it usually forages in the canopy or mid-storey.


No data.

Feeding habits

It usually forages in the canopy or mid-storey looking for insects (caught by gleaning or short sallies), fruit, berries and seeds.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 6,200,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Flame-crested Tanager status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Flame-crested Tanager range map


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