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Lacrimose Mountain Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Stanley Jones
Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, November, 2014
Anisognathus lacrymosus


18cm. (7in.) A typical bright, showy Mountain-tanager. Most easily identified by yellow spots below the eyes and behind the ears. Bright mustard-yellow below, slate blue above, with fine blue edges on wing and tail.

Similar Species

Similar to Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, but the latter is a brighter lemon yellow below, and lacks the head spots. Also similar to Black-cheeked Mountain-Tanager which has different color blue on the crown and lacks the yellow spots behind the ears.


Eastern slope of Andes between 2300 and 3200m elevation.



Nine subspecies are recognized[2]:

  • A.l. pallididorsalis: Sierra de Perijá (Colombia/Venezuela border)
  • A.l. melanops: Andes of western Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida and Táchira)
  • A.l. tamae: Mountains of north-central Colombia and south-western Venezuela
  • A. l. yariguierum: Northern Colombia (Serranía de los Yariguíes, Santander)
  • A.l. intensus: Eastern slope of Western Andes of south-western Colombia (Valle and Cauca)
  • A.l. olivaceiceps: Northern part of Western and Central Andes of Colombia (south to Quindío)
  • A.l. palpebrosus: Andes of south-western Colombia (Nariño) and eastern Ecuador
  • A.l. caerulescens: Mountains of southern Ecuador (Loja) to northern Peru (Cajamarca, Amazonas)
  • A.l. lacrymosus: Andes of central Peru (La Libertad to Junín and northern Cuzco)


Temperate forest, borders, and woodlands.


Common and conspicuous; often forages in small flocks with other tanagers and mixed species low in the foliage where easily seen.


Their diet consists of fruit, berries and insects.


  1. Thread in Birdforum Taxonomy forum discussing this species
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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