Rufous-crested Tanager (Creurgops verticalis)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

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Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

rufous-crested_tanager
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

rufous-crested_tanager
Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia


Identification & Behavior: ~14 cm (5.5 in). The Rufous-crested Tanager is gray above and rufous below. Only the male has a rufous crest that may be difficult to see. Both sexes have a thick black bill. It forages in the canopy and sub-canopy of humid montane forest often in the company of mixed species flocks. The rufous crested tanager is similar to the Black-eared Hemispingus but is distinguished by not having black on the sides of the head.

Status: The Rufous-crested Tanager is common in the canopy and sub-canopy of montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1100 – 2400 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Tangara de Cresta Rufa.

Sub-species: Rufous-crested Tanager (Creurgops verticalis), P. L. Sclater, 1858.

Meaning of Name: Creurgops: Genus Creurgus Morris, 1837, shrike, opos= appearance. verticalis: L. vertex, verticis= crown of the head, verticalis= crowned, of the head.

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Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.