Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-and-yellow Tanager (Chrysothlypis chrysomelas)


French: Tangara loriot German: Zitronentangare Spanish: Tangara negriamarilla

Tachyphonus chrysomelas

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1869,

Cordillera del Chucú, Veraguas, Panama


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. titanota Olson, 1981 – Caribbean slope of N Costa Rica from Alajuela (vicinity of Cerro Santa Maria) S along E base of Cordillera Central and Cordillera de Talamanca to area of Panama border.
  • C. c. chrysomelas (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1869) – W Panama (W Chiriquí E to vicinity of Cerro Campana, in W Panamá Province).
  • C. c. ocularis Nelson, 1912 – E Panama from Cerro Jefe (and Pacific slope in E Panamá Province and Darién) E to extreme NW Colombia (Cerro Tacarcuna#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 11–15 g. Small, parulid-like tanager with fairly thin, sharply pointed bill; male plumage distinctive. Male nominate race is bright yellow, except for narrow... read more


    Call a sharp, sibilant “tsee” or “tseeeut” like that of a hummingbird (... read more


    Canopy of humid and wet foothill forest, forest borders and adjacent tall second growth; much less... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods and fruit; noted as taking Miconia berries. Contents of 13 stomachs were vegetable matter only, three others included... read more


    One nest found in Jun in Costa Rica: a neat cup of fine rootlets, lined with black fungal rhizomorphs, with middle layer of small dead... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Central American Caribbean Slope EBA and Darién Lowlands EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Black-and-yellow Tanager (Chrysothlypis chrysomelas). 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 13 December 2019).