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Beryl-spangled Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo by: Pitter
Dapa-Valle, Colombia, August 12, 2010
Tangara nigroviridis


12-13 cm.

  • Black mask, forehead, chin, back, wings and tail, and most of the rest also dark
  • Plumage is covered with scale-like iridescent bluish-green speckles, more so on flanks
  • Crown is sprangled bluish-green
  • Rump and lower back bluish-green; how far that spreads up the back differs among subspecies
  • Belly and vent area is paler, almost white in some subspecies
  • Juvenile is brownish on most of upperside with wing feathers edged paler buffy to bluish
  • Juvenile underside mirrors adult except that the darker element is brown
  • Juvenile head shows a pale stripe above the eye that goes back behind the auriculars and there bends down and connect to underside

Similar species

Male Black-capped Tanager is similar but less sprangled and with black crown. See also Masked Tanager


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



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • T. n. cyanescens (consobrina):
  • T. n. nigroviridis:
  • T. n. lozanoana:
  • Mountains of Venezuela (Táchira, Mérida, Zulia and Lara)
  • T. n. berlepschi:
  • Andes of eastern Peru to north-western Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba)

A 5th subspecies consobrina is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Cloud forests.



The diet includes fruit and nectar.


It builds a mossy cup nest, placed in a tree fork. The 2-5 eggs are incubated for 13-15 days; the young fledge after a furrher 14-20 days.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  4. Animal Bytes

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