Yellow-crested Tanager (Islerothraupis rufiventer)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. La Paz, Bolivia

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Ucayali, Peru

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

Identification & Behavior: ~16.5 cm (6.4 in). The male Yellow-crested Tanager has black upperparts and often difficult to see yellow crest. The breast and middle belly are tawny with yellow sides of the underparts. The rump is yellow-tawny. It has a narrow black band across the base of the throat. The female has a gray head with yellow-olive upperparts and yellow underparts. The Yellow-crested Tanager forages in the canopy and sub-canopy of mature forest often in the company of mixed species flocks. The female is similar to a female Flame-crested Tanager, but these two tanagers may only have limited geographic overlap. Also, see a female White-shouldered Tanager.

Status: The Yellow-crested Tanager is uncommon and largely restricted to the south side of the Amazon and lower Marañon Rivers where it is known to range up to 1200 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tangara de Cresta Amarilla.

Sub-species: Yellow-crested Tanager(Islerothraupis rufiventer), (Spix), 1825.

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. rufiventer: L. rufus= ruddy, rufous; venter, ventris= belly.

Formerly known as Tachyphonus rufiventer (2017).

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. on 03/01/2016.