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Subspecies chilensis
Photo © by steveblain
Near Zamora, Ecuador, March 2005
Tangara chilensis


12–13 cm (4¾ - 5 in)

  • Light green hood
  • Upperparts black
  • Reddish-orange lower back and rump (often hidden behind the wings)
  • Black belly
  • Violet throat
  • Turquoise underparts
  • Black eye ring
  • Black beak and legs

Sexes similar


Ssp. chlorocorys
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Terapoto, San Martin, Peru, December 2016

Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, The Guianas and Venezuela.


Four subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T. c. coelicolor:
  • T. c. chilensis:
  • South East Colombia to northern Bolivia and western Amazonian Brazil
  • T. c. paradisea:
  • East Venezuela to the Guianas and northern Brazil
  • T. c. chlorocorys:
  • North-central Peru (upper Huallaga Valley)


Found high in the canopy in forests, forest edges and near clearings. Observed at heights around 610 m in Peru and less than 1500 m in Ecuador.



They are usually found in groups of four to ten. Their diet consists of fruit and small berries, also some arthropods.


Nests are built 5 - 20 m up in trees. The clutch consists of 2-4 greenish white eggs with brown and black spots.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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