Distribution in the Americas
Flame-faced Tanagers are resident in the Andes of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru (Isler and Isler 1987). They occur from 1000-2600 m, but are more commonly found at elevations above 1500 m (Isler and Isler 1987, Parker et al. 1996, Clements and Shany 2001). They are most abundant in the middle montane elevation region in the countries listed above (Parker et al. 1996).
Distribution outside the Americas
Endemic to South America.
The Flame-faced Tanager inhabits the montane forests and cloud forests of northwestern South America, most often at elevations above 1500 m. Tangara parzudakii is also found in forest edges and tall second growth (Isler and Isler 1987, Hilty 2003). The Flame-faced Tanager prefers mossy tree limbs for its foraging habitat and in 94% of observations searched for food in hanging moss and “particularly mossy” tree branches as opposed to less mossy tree limbs (Naoki 2003).