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Rufous-chested Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Fulvous-chested Tanager

Subspecies media
Photo by Stanley Jones
Santa Eulalia Canyon east of Chosica, Lima, Peru, August 2017
Thlypopsis ornata


12–13 cm (4¾-5 in); A small, greyish tanager with a rufous head and chest.

  • Dark orange-rufous head to upper breast continuing to sides and flanks
  • Olive-grey to brownish-grey upperparts and tail
  • White centre of breast to belly

Females are similar but paler.
Immatures are duller than adults.

Similar species

Distinguished from Brown-flanked Tanager by orange-rufous and not brownish sides and flanks.


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Uncommon and rather local.



Three subspecies recognized[1]:

  • T. o. ornata on the western slope of the central Andes in Colombia and locally in Ecuador
  • T. o. media on the eastern slope of the Andes in extreme southern Ecuador and Peru
  • T. o. macropteryx on the eastern slope of the Andes in Peru

May form a superspecies with Brown-flanked Tanager and has been considered conspecific with it.


Moist montane forest and high altitude shrubland.



Feeds on insects.
Usually seen singly, in pairs or in family groups. Sometimes in mixed-species flocks.
Forages restlessly and actively.


Breeding season probably from February to end May. The nest is a small open cup placed low above the ground in grass or a young bush. Lays 2 eggs.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781

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