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Emerald Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo by photosloz
Arenal, Costa Rica,January 2008
Tangara florida


12cm. A small, green-and-yellow Tanager.

  • Narrow black area encircling eye
  • Prominent black squarish patch on rear ear-coverts
  • Yellow-green rest of head, purer yellow on crown
  • Glistening emerald-green mantle and back boldly streaked black
  • Bright yellow rump
  • Green-and-black wings
  • Bright emerald-green underparts becoming yellow on centre of lower breast and belly

Females are similar but duller green and with a green crown and a duller yellow belly. Juveniles are dull greyish-brown.


From Costa Rica over Panama and Colombia to Ecuador.
Fairly common in most of its range.


Two subspecies recognized:

The described subspecies anchicayae of Green-and-gold Tanager should be treated as synonym of this species.


Lowland damp forests and cloud forests.
Occurs at 500 - 1200m in Costa Rica and 100 - 1100m in Colombia.


Feeds on fruits and some arthropods.
Usually seen in pairs or small groups in mixed-species flocks with other tanagers.
Breeding recorded from January to April.
A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781

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