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Rufous-winged Tanager Tangara lavinia

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Geramie Grande and Kevin J. Burns


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Rufous-winged Tanager
eBird range map for Rufous-winged Tanager

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

Distribution in the Americas

This Rufous-winged Tanager occurs from Guatemala to northwestern Ecuador, including extreme eastern Guatemala, northern Honduras, eastern Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, as well as the forest in Colombia and tropical zone of the entire Pacific coast of Colombia to northwestern Ecuador (Meyer de Schauensee 1964). Also occurs on Gorgona Island, Colombia (Hilty and Brown 1986). Occurs from lowlands to 1000 m (Parker et al. 1996), but mostly found below 500 m (Ridgely and Tudor 2009). In the Costa Rica, the species occurs from 250 to 750 m (Stiles and Skutch 1989). In northwestern Ecuador, it is found from 50 to 750 m (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Primary habitat is tropical lowland evergreen forest as well as secondary forest (Parker et al. 1996). More specifically, it occurs in humid forest, forest edge, tall second growth, and clearings with scattered trees (Ridgely and Tudor 1989, Isler and Isler 1999).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Grande, G. and K. J. Burns (2012). Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.