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Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Typical northern form
Photo by steveblain
Papallacta pass, Ecuador.
Anisognathus igniventris


Southern form
Photo by lior kislev
Manu, Peru, January 2010.

18.5cm (7¼ in).
In northern parts of its range mostly black tanager with scarlet breast and crescent-shaped patch behind ear. Blue patches on shoulder and rump might be less obvious, but the rump is usually obvious in flight.
In southern Peru and Bolivia black is replaced by slaty above and scarlet by orange-red below.


Venezuela (the southernmost part of the Andes in far western part of the country), Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and north-west Bolivia.



Male, subspecies igniventris
Photo by Xyko Paludo
Ollantaytambo, Peru, December 2017

Four subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • A. i. lunulatus;
  • A. i. erythrotus;
  • Central Andes of southern Colombia and Ecuador
  • A. i. ignicrissa:
  • Andes of Peru (Cajamarca and Amazonas to Junín)
  • A. i. igniventris :
  • Andes of south-eastern Peru (Cuzco) to north-western Bolivia


Forest borders and bushy areas in moist montanes. In the north may even be encountered in hedgerows.


In pairs or small groups. Remains concealed mostly, so only view might come when bird(s) move from cover to cover.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - the passerines. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, USA. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8

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