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Photo © by Pitter
Dapa-Valle, Colombia, March 2008
Tangara arthus


A small (length 13.5-14cm, 5.25-5.5in.), common, brightly golden-colored tanager with a rich black pattern of stripes on the back and a black cheek patch.

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Subspecies goodsoni
Photo © by DonStarks
Tandayapa, Ecuador, March 2015

Silver-throated Tanager, which has a white throat, as opposed to the Golden's chestnut or yellow throat.
Emerald Tanager has green overall plumage.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.



Subspecies sophiae, Chestnut-breasted Tanager
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Cock of the Rock Lodge, Challabamba, Parque Nacional del Manu, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018

Nine subspecies are recognized:[1]:

  • T. a. occidentalis: Western and Central Andes of Colombia (Antioquia to Nariño)
  • T. a. palmitae: Western slope of Eastern Andes of Colombia (southern Magdalena)
  • T. a. sclateri: Both slopes of Eastern Andes of Colombia
  • T. a. aurulenta: Central Colombia (upper Magdalena Valley) to north-western Venezuela
  • T. a. arthus: Mountains of northern Venezuela (Táchira to Lara, Falcón and Miranda)
  • T. a. goodsoni: Subtropical western Ecuador
  • T. a. aequatorialis: Subtropical eastern Ecuador and northern Peru
  • T. a. pulchra: Central Peru (Chachapoyas to Chanchamayo)
  • T. a. sophiae: Tropical south-eastern Peru (Cuzco and Puno) to north-western Bolivia


Canopies and borders of montane humid and wet forests on both slopes of the Andes, typically between 900m and 2000m elevation; semi-open scrub, mountain gardens and agricultural land.



Forages for fruit (including bananas) and insects in foliage, often in small mixed flocks. Will come to fruit feeders.


A nest was observed being built in a bromelia, about four meters high on a tree.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2014)
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Neotropical Birds

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