Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae (Tanagers & 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  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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,  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Paradise Tanager
Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis)
 
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Golden-eared Tanager
Golden-eared Tanager (Tangara chrysotis)
Palestina, Huila, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Blue-necked Tanager
Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis caeruleocephala)
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A small relatively common 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
  The colorful subspecies found in north Colombia and north Venezuela.
   
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

There are two races of Black-headed Tanager. Those found in north Colombia and north Venezuela have a yellow body and blue on the wings. Those in south Venezuela have a grey body and black wings, and are sometimes called the Black-hooded Tanager.

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)
Darien National Park, Panama  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Very similar to the [Spangle-cheeked Tanager] of Costa Rica and Panama, but only found in the Darien highlands.

Speckled Tanager
Speckled Tanager (Tangara guttata)
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Male and female similar.

Bay-headed Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola)
ProAves Cerulean Warbler Reserve, San Vicente de Chucuri, Santander, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Bay-headed Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola)
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia
  The all green Santa Marta race.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Black-capped Tanager
Black-capped Tanager (Tangara heinei) Male
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Black-capped Tanager
Black-capped Tanager (Tangara heinei) Female
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Female looks a bit like the [Speckled Tanager].

Silver-throated Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala icterocephala)
Queremal, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A common small tanager that comes to feeders.

Plain-colored Tanager
Plain-colored Tanager (Tangara inornata)
Soberania National Park, Panama  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Blue-whiskered Tanager
Blue-whiskered Tanager (Tangara johannae) Near Threatened
Farallones National Park, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Metallic-green Tanager
Metallic-green Tanager (Tangara labradorides labradorides)
La Romera, Itagui, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Rufous-winged Tanager
Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia lavinia) Male
Farallones National Park, Colombia
  Note rufous on wings compared to [Bay-headed Tanager].
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Rufous-winged Tanager
Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia lavinia) Female
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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

Turquoise Tanager
Turquoise Tanager (Tangara mexicana)
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Despite the latin name, not found in Mexico. Reasonably common in Amazon. Races differ mainly in belly color, from white to yellow.

Masked Tanager
Masked Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta)
Reserva La Isla Escondida, Putumayo, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Most similar to the [Blue-necked Tanager].

Beryl-spangled Tanager
Beryl-spangled Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis cyanescens)
RN La Planada, Nariño, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

An attractive mostly forest-based tanager usually seen over 1800 m. that often moves in mixed flocks and never comes to feeders.
Plainly colored immature.

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  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Feeding.

Spotted Tanager
Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata)
 
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Golden-naped Tanager
Golden-naped Tanager (Tangara ruficervix)
Finca Alejandria, Cali, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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

Rufous-throated Tanager
Rufous-throated Tanager (Tangara rufigula)
Queremal, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Green-and-gold Tanager
Green-and-gold Tanager (Tangara schrankii)
 
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Blue-and-black Tanager
Blue-and-black Tanager (Tangara vassorii vassorii)
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Yellow-bellied Tanager
Yellow-bellied Tanager (Tangara xanthogastra xanthogastra)
Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia
  Typical tangara tanager usually found in canopy with mixed flocks.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.



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