Flame-crested Tanager (Islerothraupis cristatus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male|Female | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Age: Adult & Immature | Sex: Males | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~16.5 cm (6.4 in). The male Flame-crested Tanager is black with a yellow throat and bright red crest. It has a bright yellow rump and a semi-concealed white shoulder patch. The female is reddish brown. It forages in the sub-canopy of mature forest often in the company of mixed species flock. The female is similar to a female Yellow-crested Tanager.

Status: The Flame-crested Tanager is uncommon and restricted to the north side of the Amazon and lower Marañon Rivers. It also occurs in Southeast Peru in Madre de Dios. It is known to range up to 900 m along the foothill of the Andes. The Flame-crested Tanager also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tangara Cresta de Fuego.

Sub-species: Flame-crested Tanager (Islerothraupis cristatus cristatellus), P. L. Sclater, 1862.  SE Colombia (from vicinity of Villavicencio, in Meta) and  S to extreme NW Peru and NW Brazil (S & E to Manaus).
(Islerothraupis cristatus fallax), J. T. Zimmer, 1945.  S Colombia (SE Nariño), E Ecuador and N Peru (S to lower R Ucayali).
(Islerothraupis cristatus huarandosae), Chapman, 1925.  Huarandosa (in Chinchipe Valley, near Marañón Valley) in N Peru.
(Islerothraupis cristatus madeirae), Hellmayr, 1910.  C Brazil S of Amazon (from Teffé E to R Xingu and S into Mato Grosso), also adjacent SE Peru (E Madre de Dios) and adjacent N Bolivia (Pando and N Beni).

Meaning of Name: Islerothraupis: Isler= in honor of Morton L. Isler and Phyllis R. Isler US ornithologists. Gr. Thraupis= unidentified small bird, perhaps a type of finch, mentioned by Aristotle.. cristatus: L. crista= crest, plume, tuft , cristatus= crested, plumed, tufted.

Formerly known as Tachyphonus cristatus (2018).

See more of the Family Thraupidae   peru aves

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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.