Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Blue-browed Tanager (Tangara cyanotis)


French: Calliste à sourcils bleus German: Silberbrauentangare Spanish: Tangara cejiazul

Calliste cyanotis

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

no locality = Peru–Bolivia border region, possibly La Paz (Bolivia)


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. lutleyi Hellmayr, 1917 – S Colombia (head of Magdalena Valley in Huila, and E slope of Andes from W Putumayo) S through Ecuador and Peru (to Cuzco).
  • T. c. cyanotis (P. L. Sclater, 1858) – Bolivia (E slope of Andes in La Paz and Cochabamba); one record in SE Peru (extreme E Puno)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 12·5–17 g. Scarce tanager with conspicuous bluish eyebrow. Nominate race has crown blackish, bordered by broad pale cream to greenish-blue supercilium extending from... read more


    Dawn song a spirited and rather distinctly three-part “tsip’sit’ch’t’’t’t’ zuit-zuit-zuit- zuit, ti... read more


    Humid and wet montane forest and forest borders, also older second growth. Mostly 1300–2200 m, but... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and arthropods. Nineteen stomachs all contained vegetable matter, including fruit pulp and seeds. Forages singly and in pairs,... read more


    Juvenile with adult in Nov, in C Peru (Junín).


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon over most of range; very locally fairly common in Ecuador, and may be more numerous in S portion of range. Regarded as fairly common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Blue-browed Tanager (Tangara cyanotis). 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 21 February 2020).