Flame-faced Tanager Tangara parzudakii

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Flame-faced Tanager
eBird range map for Flame-faced Tanager

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

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). Distribution in Peru of Tangara parzudakii. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006) 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).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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