Rufous-throated Tanager Ixothraupis rufigula


Well named for its neat rufous throat patch contrasting with the black head and the black-spotted mantle and pale underparts (which give the bird the appearance of being scaled or spangled). The Rufous-throated Tanager has a relatively limited range in the West Andes of Colombia and into northwest Ecuador, more locally even further south to the southwest of the country. Its altitudinal range reaches up to 1800 m. Relatively common over most of its range, like many Tangara tanagers this species regularly joins mixed-species flocks, often in monospecific groups of its own. It feeds on both insects and small fruits.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Rufous-throated Tanager (Ixothraupis rufigula), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: