Flame-faced Tanager Tangara parzudakii

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Rebecca O'Malley and Kevin J. Burns


Conservation Status

The Flame-faced Tanager has a range that is estimated to be 163,000 km2, and thus is listed as a species of Least Concern according to the IUNC Red List (BirdLife International 2011).  This distribution is sufficiently large that Flame-faced Tanager does not approach the Vulnerable threshold (BirdLife International 2012). Population size appears to be decreasing; however, this decline is not dramatic enough (not greater than 30% over ten years or three generations) to warrant a rating as Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2011). The overall population size for the Flame-faced Tanager is unknown, but this species is described as "fairly common" (Parker et al. 1996).

Effects of human activity on populations

Even though the Flame-faced Tanager is of Least Concern, the population is believed to be in decline, likely due to habitat destruction (BirdLife International 2011). In addition, Parker et al. (1996) rank the Flame-faced Tanager's sensitivity to disturbance as "high" relative to other Neotropical birds. If habitat destruction continues in northwestern South America, this will likely have a negative effect on the rate of population decline for the Flame-faced Tanager.

Recommended Citation

O'Malley, R. and K. J. Burns (2012). Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.flftan1.01