Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Blue-whiskered Tanager (Tangara johannae)


French: Calliste moustachu German: Blaubarttangare Spanish: Tangara bigotuda

Calliste johannae


, 1900,

El Paillon [= Estero Pailón], near Buenaventura, Valle, Colombia


See T. chrysotis. Monotypic.


Colombia (W slope of W Andes from Mutatá, in W Antioquia, and C Chocó) S to W Ecuador (Pichincha, once to Los Ríos).

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Small tanager with green body, black face and throat, and conspicuous blue malar. Has face, including lores, area around eye, side of head and throat black, surrounded... read more


Call or contact note during foraging a shrill buzzy “tzzeee”, similar to that of T... read more


Canopy and borders of wet forest to pluvial forest, older second growth, forest regrowth around... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, some arthropods. Occurs in pairs or in family groups of 3–4 individuals, and a regular member of mixed-species flocks.... read more


One adult carrying food to a cup-nest on high mossy limb in Jan in Colombia (W Valle). No other information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Rare to uncommon, locally fairly common. Generally occurs at... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Blue-whiskered Tanager (Tangara johannae). 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).