Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Shrike-tanager (Lanio aurantius)


French: Tangara à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Würgertangare Spanish: Tangara gorjinegra

Lanio Aurantius


, 1846,

Colombia; error = Guatemala


In past often treated as conspecific with L. leucothorax, and recent molecular data indicate that the divergence between the two is only 0.9%; their ranges approach each other in Honduras, and they perhaps represent a recent speciation event combined with rapid plumage divergence. Monotypic.


Caribbean slope of SE Mexico (from C Veracruz) E to lower Yucatán Peninsula, S to N & C Guatemala, Belize and NE Honduras (E to vicinity of La Ceiba).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm. Slender tanager with fairly long tail and hooked bill, upper mandible with well-developed “tooth” on cutting edge. Male has head, nape, throat, upperwing and tail... read more


Rather noisy, with loud contact and alarm calls that arouse other foraging birds. Common call a... read more


Interior of tall humid forest, less frequently along forest borders. Sea-level to 1200 m; most... read more

Food and feeding

Few data on diet; insects recorded. Occurs in pairs in middle and upper levels of tall forest, or occasionally lower, typically in rather... read more


No information.


Resident. Possible wandering in winter reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. This species occurs in a number of protected areas, including Tikal National Park (Guatemala) and Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Black-throated Shrike-tanager (Lanio aurantius). 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).