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Black-and-yellow Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Ian Hardy
El Copal, Costa Rica, 7 March 2018
Chrysothlypis chrysomelas


12 cm (4¾ in)

  • Bright yellow head, rump and underparts
  • Black back, wings and tail
  • White wing linings


  • Olive upperparts
  • Yellow underparts
  • White on the belly
  • White tufts at the sides of the breast

Immatures similar to the female, yellower below, particularly on the belly.


South America: found in Costa Rica and Panama.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. titanota:
  • C. c. chrysomelas:
  • C. c. ocularis:
  • Tropical eastern Panama (Darién)


Foothills and slopes, up to1200 m. They can usually be found in the canopy of wet forest and tall second growth.



They construct a cup from fine rootlets; it is lined with black fungal rhizomorphs.


Their diet consists of arthropods and fruit.


Call: a scratchy single or repeated tsew.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2019)

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