Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-goggled Tanager (Trichothraupis melanops)


French: Tangara à front noir German: Schwarzgesichttangare Spanish: Tangara de anteojos

Muscicapa melanops


, 1818,



Present species consists of two geographically well-separated populations, one montane and the other primarily lowland; work needed to detect anticipated subspecific differences. Monotypic.


Narrowly along E slope of Andes from N Peru (S from S Amazonas and San Martín) S to Bolivia and N Argentina (N Jujuy); SE Brazil (S Mato Grosso, S Goiás and S Bahia S to N Rio Grande do Sul) and adjacent NE Argentina and E Paraguay (E of R Paraguay).

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 16–26 g, 21·7–29·5 g (Brazil). Male has a black mask extending from forehead back onto broad patch around eye; yellow crown patch (usually... read more


Two song types described in Brazil: the first a rambling series of slurred whistles mixed with... read more


In Andes found mainly in humid forest borders and forest light-gaps with thick undergrowth; c. 1000... read more

Food and feeding

Of 31 stomachs examined, six contained only vegetable matter and 22 only animal matter, and three contained both; contents included beetles... read more


Breeding recorded in Brazil in Oct (São Paulo) and Nov (Rio de Janeiro). In SE Brazil, a cup-nest was 1 m up in bamboo in forest, contained... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Andean population uncommon and local; E population generally more numerous, and considered abundant in mountains of... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Black-goggled Tanager (Trichothraupis melanops). 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 19 May 2019).