Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-chinned Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus notabilis)


French: Tangara à menton noir German: Schwarzkinn-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara barbinegra

Tanagra notabilis

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

eastern range of cordilleras north of Quito, Ecuador




W Andes of Colombia (Pacific slope from headwaters of R San Juan, in Risaralda) S, discontinuously, to W Ecuador (El Oro and W Loja).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; one male 44·1 g, one female 68·5 g. Quiet tanager with svelte plumage and fairly strong and rather pointed bill. Has forecrown, side of head, nape and chin black,... read more


Not particularly vocal, even when foraging. Infrequently heard song a series of high-pitched notes... read more


Humid and wet mossy forest and forest borders. At 900–2200 m (once to 300 m) in Colombia; mostly... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit; presumably also insects. Nestlings in Colombia were fed with relatively large flying insects, including beetles (Coleoptera... read more


In SW Colombia, three nests found during 10th Apr and 5th May at La Planada Nature Reserve (in Nariño); following details refer to these.... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common in Ecuador; generally less numerous and more local in Colombia. In... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Black-chinned Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus notabilis). 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 24 January 2020).