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Flame-crested Tanager Tachyphonus cristatus

Jessica Looney, Kevin J. Burns, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published December 3, 2010


Distribution in the Americas

The Flame-crested Tanager is resident, and is broadly distributed in northern and central South America east of the Andes. It occurs from eastern Colombia south to northern Peru, and east, north of the Amazon, through Brazil and Venezuela to the Guianas. South of the Amazon it is found from southeastern Peru and northern Bolivia east to eastern Amazonian Brazil. A disjunct population also occurs in the Atlantic Forest region of eastern Brazil.  They mainly occur below 500-600 m (Hilty and Brown 1986, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001), but are found up to 900 m in Peru (Schulenberg et al. 2007) and to 1400 m in Venezuela (Hilty 2003).Distribution in Peru of the Flame-crested Tanager. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006) .

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to South America.


The Flame-crested Tanager primarily is found in tropical lowland evergreen forest (Parker et al. 1996), where it forages in the canopy and mid-levels of forest (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001). In Amazonian region, the Flame-crested Tanager favors terra firma forest; in east Brazil, it inhabits open woodland, savanna forests, forest edges and second growth (Isler and Isler 1987).

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

Distribution of the Flame-crested Tanager - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Flame-crested Tanager

Recommended Citation

Looney, J., K. J. Burns, and T. S. Schulenberg (2010). Flame-crested Tanager (Tachyphonus cristatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.flctan1.01