Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Blue-throated Tanager (Chlorochrysa fulgentissima)


French: Tangara éclatant German: Braunohr-Bunttangare Spanish: Tangara gorjiazul

Chlorochrysa fulgentissima


, 1901,

Santo Domingo, Marcapata, south-eastern Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. calliparaea, but differs (in male) in its central crown patch small and yellow vs larger and rusty-gold (2); lower neck patch dull scarlet vs bronzy-orange, and not starting on lower ear-coverts (2); throat deep blue vs matt black, and continuing as broad deep blue breast narrowing to a well-defined broad stripe down belly (3); upper rump pale strong blue vs iridescent turquoise (ns[2]); head sides green like rest of plumage vs shot with pale blue (ns[2]). Monotypic.


E slope of Andes of S Peru (from Cuzco) S to Bolivia (S to NW Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

10·5–12 cm; 14·9–21·5 g. Small, strong-legged green tanager with dark throat and narrow orange rump; bill longer and thinner than that of Tangara. Adult male has... read more


Relatively silent. Song, in Peru, described as a complex, long series of high, wiry warbles, with... read more


Favours humid and wet middle-elevation mossy forest (Yungas cloudforest), forest borders, and... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods; also fruit, especially small berries, such as those of Miconia and other melastomes. Of nine stomachs examined,... read more


Few data. Five active nests found in Oct–Nov in E Peru (buffer zone of Manu National Park), but these varied from containing a fully-... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to fairly common. Inhabits narrow band of wet E slope pre-montane and montane forest that is under pressure in many areas from... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Blue-throated Tanager (Chlorochrysa fulgentissima). 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 23 January 2020).