Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae (Tanagers and allies)  
Genus: Tangara (33 species, 49 worldwide)

Tangara, the largest genus of tanagers, are small colorful fruit-eaters that travel in mixed flocks.


Golden Tanager
Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus)
Minga Ecolodge, Cali, Colombia  
   

A common and widespread forest-based tanager. Moves in mixed flocks.

Opal-crowned Tanager
Opal-crowned Tanager (Tangara callophrys)
Sani Lodge, Amazonia, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Patty McGann     Copyright and usage info


Burnished-buff Tanager
Burnished-buff Tanager (Tangara cayana)
Butterfly World, Florida,  
   


Paradise Tanager
Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis)
 
   


Golden-eared Tanager
Golden-eared Tanager (Tangara chrysotis)
Manu National Park, Peru  
   
Photograph by Francesco Veronesi     Copyright and usage info


Blue-necked Tanager
Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis caeruleocephala)
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  
   

A small tanager sometimes seen outside of the forest. Usually seen in pairs.

Black-headed Tanager
Black-headed Tanager (Tangara cyanoptera cyanoptera) Male
Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Black-headed Tanager
Black-headed Tanager (Tangara cyanoptera cyanoptera) Female
Venezuela  
   
Photograph by Barlovento from Venezuela     Copyright and usage info


Blue-browed Tanager
Blue-browed Tanager (Tangara cyanotis lutleyi)
Via Sibundoy - Mocoa , Putumayo, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Brayan Coral Jaramillo   © All Rights Reserved.


Emerald Tanager
Emerald Tanager (Tangara florida)
Canopy San Luis, San Ramon-Alajuela, Costa Rica  
   
Photograph by Jorge Obando Gutierrez   © Copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.

Similar to the well-known Golden Tanager, but lime green.

Green-naped Tanager
Green-naped Tanager (Tangara fucosa) Near Threatened
Darien National Park, Panama  
   


Speckled Tanager
Speckled Tanager (Tangara guttata)
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  
   


Bay-headed Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola)
ProAves Cerulean Warbler Reserve, San Vicente de Chucuri, Santander, Colombia  
   

Bay-headed Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola)
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia
  The all green Santa Marta race.
   


Black-capped Tanager
Black-capped Tanager (Tangara heinei) Male
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  
   

Black-capped Tanager
Black-capped Tanager (Tangara heinei) Female
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  
   

Female looks a bit like the Speckled Tanager.

Silver-throated Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala)
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Los Bancos, Ecuador  
   

A common small tanager that comes to feeders.

Plain-colored Tanager
Plain-colored Tanager (Tangara inornata)
Soberania National Park, Panama  
   


Blue-whiskered Tanager
Blue-whiskered Tanager (Tangara johannae) Near Threatened
Farallones National Park, Colombia  
   


Metallic-green Tanager
Metallic-green Tanager (Tangara labradorides labradorides)
La Romera, Itagui, Antioquia, Colombia  
   

A small forest-based tanager found above 1800m, and usually seen in mixed flocks, and never at feeders.

Golden-hooded Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata fanny)
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
   


Rufous-winged Tanager
Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia lavinia) Male
Farallones National Park, Colombia
  Note rufous on wings compared to Bay-headed Tanager.
   

Rufous-winged Tanager
Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia lavinia) Female
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
   

Generally found at lower altitudes than the similar Bay-winged Tanager.

Turquoise Tanager
Turquoise Tanager (Tangara mexicana)
 
   

Despite the latin name, not found in Mexico. Reasonably common in Amazon.

Masked Tanager
Masked Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta)
Villavicencio, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Manakin Nature Tours - Luis Urueña   © All Rights Reserved.

Most similar to the Blue-necked Tanager.

Beryl-spangled Tanager
Beryl-spangled Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis cyanescens)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia  
   

An attractive tanager than often moves in mixed flocks but never comes to feeders.

Grey-and-gold Tanager
Grey-and-gold Tanager (Tangara palmeri)
Anchicaya, Valle de Cauca, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Peter Hawrylyshyn   © All Rights Reserved.


Flame-faced Tanager
Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii parzudakii)
Chicaque Natural Park, Colombia  
   


Spotted Tanager
Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata)
 
   


Golden-naped Tanager
Golden-naped Tanager (Tangara ruficervix)
Finca Alejandria, Cali, Colombia  
   

A small cloud forest tanager (1500-2500m).

Rufous-throated Tanager
Rufous-throated Tanager (Tangara rufigula)
Farallones National Park, Colombia  
   


Green-and-gold Tanager
Green-and-gold Tanager (Tangara schrankii)
 
   


Blue-and-black Tanager
Blue-and-black Tanager (Tangara vassorii vassorii)
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia  
   

A small tanager usually seen between 2400 and 3000 meters above sea level.

Opal-rumped Tanager
Opal-rumped Tanager (Tangara velia)
Mato Grosso, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Joao Quental     Copyright and usage info

The Silver-breasted Tanager (Tangara velia cyanomelas) found in east Brazil is sometimes considered a distinct species Tangara cyanomelas.

Scrub Tanager
Scrub Tanager (Tangara vitriolina)
ProAves Cerulean Warbler Reserve, San Vicente de Chucuri, Santander, Colombia  
   

A small tanager seen outside of the forest. Often seen pecking at windows and mirrors.

Saffron-crowned Tanager
Saffron-crowned Tanager (Tangara xanthocephala venusta)
Finca Alejandria, Cali, Colombia  
   


Yellow-bellied Tanager
Yellow-bellied Tanager (Tangara xanthogastra xanthogastra)
Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia
  Typical tangara tanager usually found in canopy with mixed flocks.
   



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