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Olive-green Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Luiz
Itatiaia National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2007
Orthogonys chloricterus


18-19cm. A tanager without distinctive markings.

  • Uniformely olive upperparts, wings and tail
  • Dull yellow underparts with tinge of olive on sides and flanks
  • Dark brown eyes
  • Relatively slender, blackish bill
  • Pale yellowish-brown legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles undescribed.


Endemic to southeast Brazil (Espirito Santo south to eastern Santa Catarina).
A locally common to uncommon restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species1.


Moist montanes in Atlantic Forest.
Occurs at 900 - 1800m.


Feeds on insects, takes also some fruit.
Usually seen in flocks of about 8 birds, sometimes up to 20, mostly in single-species flocks.
Forages in middle and upper levels, but sometimes also lower and may come to fruit feeders. Flicks tail when excited.
A bird carrying nest material was recorded in November. No other information on breeding.
No movements known.


  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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