Red-crowned Ant-Tanager (Habia rubica)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Cardinalidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Intervales NP, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Panama

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Panama

Identification & Behavior: ~17 cm (6.6 in). The male Red-crowned Ant-Tanager is overall dusky red with an often semi-concealed crest. The female is chestnut-brown. It forages in pairs in the understory of mature Amazonian forests where it is often associated with mixed species-flocks. It is superficially similar to the Silver-beaked Tanager which never enters the understory of mature forests.

Status: The Red-crowned Ant-Tanager is fairly common and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1100 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tangara-Hormiguera de Corona Roja.

Sub-species: Red-crowned Ant-Tanager (Habia rubica rhodinolaema), (Salvin and Godman), 1883.  Colombia E of Andes (from Meta S to Caquetá), NW Brazil, E Ecuador, and NE Peru.
(H. r. peruviana), (Taczanowski), 1884.  E Peru, W Brazil and N Bolivia (S to Santa Cruz).

Meaning of Name: Habia: Güaraní name Habia for various finches and tanagers. rubica: L. rubicus= reddish, somewhat red.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.