Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Beryl-spangled Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis)


French: Calliste béryl German: Silberfleckentangare Spanish: Tangara de lentejuelas

T[anagra]. nigro viridis


, 1843,



See T. vassorii. Races rather weakly differentiated; lozanoana, in particular, seems barely distinguishable from cyanescens and should perhaps be synonymized with latter. Proposed race consobrina (described from San Pablo, Túquerres, in SW Colombia) is synonymized with cyanescens. Four subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. n. cyanescens (P. L. Sclater, 1857) – N & W Colombia (W & C Andes, and W slope of E Andes S from Norte de Santander) and W & SW Ecuador (W slope S to Pichincha; also El Oro and W Loja); also N Venezuela (Sierra de Aroa, in Yaracuy, and coastal cordillera from Carabobo E to Miranda).
  • T. n. lozanoana Aveledo & Pérez, 1994 – Sierra de Perijá (Colombia–Venezuela border) and Andes of NW Venezuela (S Lara S to Táchira).
  • T. n. nigroviridis (Lafresnaye, 1843) – E slope of E Andes of Colombia (from Casanare and Boyacá S to Nariño) and entire E slope in Ecuador.
  • T. n. berlepschi (Taczanowski, 1884) – E slope of Andes in Peru (S from Amazonas) and Bolivia (S to Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 14–19·5 g. Small tanager with heavily spotted (spangled) appearance. Nominate race has forehead, chin and lores black, forming rather narrow black mask extending back... read more


    Calls high-pitched “sit” and “chit” notes or “czee’czet”, given in pairs or excited bursts, much as... read more


    Humid and wet montane forest, along forest borders, second growth and trees in overgrown pastures.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Takes wide variety of small fruits and berries, especially of melastomes, i.e. Miconia; also some arthropods. Of eight stomachs... read more


    In Colombia, fledgling in Nov and three birds in breeding condition Mar–Jul in W Valle, and ten birds in breeding condition May–Jul in... read more


    Largely resident. Minor seasonal or erratic movements to lower elevations reported in W Andes of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally numerous, and widespread. Occurs in many protected areas, including Henri Pittier, Macarao, Yacambú, Guaramacal, Sierra Nevada and Tamá... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Beryl-spangled Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 February 2020).