Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys)


French: Tangara à cape noire German: Blauschulter-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara negrigualda

Buthraupis melanochlamys


, 1910,

La Selva, Río Jamaraya, 4800 feet [c. 1465 m], Chocó, Colombia




Colombia: NW end of C Andes in Antioquia, and W slope of W Andes on Cerro Tatamá and Mistrató (including Alto de Pisones), on Chocó–Risaralda–Valle del Cauca border.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; five males 35–44·5 g, three females 35–36·3 g. Robust, short-tailed tanager with thick, heavy bill and bicoloured appearance. Has entire head... read more


Song a very high-pitched, penetrating and thin “pit-sééya”, repeated... read more


Humid and wet pre-montane and montane forest (cloudforest) doubtless its primary habitat. Has been... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds heavily on fruit, including Miconia and Cavendishia; also arthropods. Stomach contents variously 75–100%... read more


Nest-building observed in Apr and juvenile seen in Jun. No other information.


Seasonal differences in relative abundance suggest possibility of post-breeding (e.g. after Jun or... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Slopes EBA and Chocó EBA. Fairly common to very locally common. Estimated population within... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys). 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 27 February 2020).