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Slaty tanager (Creurgops dentatus)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Creurgops
Sclater, PL, 1858
Type species
Creurgops verticalis

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Creurgops is a genus of Neotropical birds in the tanager family Thraupidae. They are found in the canopy of humid montane forest in the Andes of South America.

These are relatively large and heavy-billed tanagers. They are mainly slaty grey above and rufous below, except in the male slaty tanager where the underparts also are slaty grey. Males of both species have a crown patch, which is lacking in the females. They commonly participate in mixed-species flocks.

Taxonomy and species list

The genus Creurgops was introduced in 1858 by the English zoologist Philip Sclater to accommodate the newly described rufous-crested tanager (Creurgops verticalis).[1][2] The genus name combines the Ancient Greek kreourgos meaning "butcher" with ōps meaning "appearance".[3] The genus now contains two species.[4]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Creurgops verticalis Rufous-crested tanager Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
Creurgops dentatus Slaty tanager Bolivia and Peru


  1. ^ Sclater, Philip Lutley (1858). "Notes on the collection of birds received by M. Verreaux of Paris from the Rio Napa in the Republic of Ecuador". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. Part 26: 59–77 [73].
  2. ^ Paynter, Raymond A. Jr, ed. (1970). Check-List of Birds of the World. Vol. 13. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 287.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2020). "Tanagers and allies". IOC World Bird List Version 10.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  • Restall, R. L., C. Rodner, & M. Lentino. (2006). Birds of Northern South America. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0-7136-7243-9 (vol. 1). ISBN 0-7136-7242-0 (vol. 2).
  • Schulenberg, T., D. Stotz, D. Lane, J. O' Neill, & T. Parker III. (2007). Birds of Peru. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-8673-9

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