Red-necked Tanager Tangara cyanocephala

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Heather Macdonald Macdonald and Kevin J. Burns


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Red-necked Tanager
eBird range map for Red-necked Tanager

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

Distribution in the Americas

The Red-necked Tanager occurs mostly in Brazil, in two disjunct areas.  One population is found in highland forests of Ceará.  Otherwise, the species is found from the northeastern coastal region of Brazil south to Rio Grande do Sul. The distribution extends south to northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay (Isler and Isler 1987, Ridgely and Tudor 1989). The center of elevational abundance is in the lower tropical zone (Parker et al. 1996). The species occurs from the lowlands and foothills to around 1000 m (Isler and Isler 1987, Parker et al. 1996), mostly concentrated between 400–1000 m (Ridgely and Tudor 1989, van Perlo 2009).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


This species lives primarily tropical lowland evergreen forest as well as secondary forest (Parker et al. 1996).  Also found at forest edge, abandoned fields, parks and scrub (Isler and Isler 1987).

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Recommended Citation

Macdonald, H. M. and K. J. Burns (2012). Red-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanocephala), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.