Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Brassy-breasted Tanager (Tangara desmaresti)


French: Calliste de Desmarest German: Orangebrusttangare Spanish: Tangara de Desmarest

Tanagra Desmaresti


, 1819,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


See T. fastuosa. Described form T. gouldi appears to be a hybrid between present species and T. cyanoventris. Monotypic.


Coastal SE Brazil from SE Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro S through E São Paulo, E Paraná and E Santa Catarina.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 19–21·5 g. Colourful, predominantly green tanager with blue on face and large golden patch on throat and chest. Has narrow area around bill and well-... read more


Contact note a high, thin “tseee” or abrupt “tsit!”, singly or repeated... read more


Found mainly in humid pre-montane and montane forest and at forest edge, less often in second... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly fruits, some arthropods. Reported items include melastome berries, Urtica and myrtle. Recorded feeding on Cecropia... read more


Nest in Jan and another in Feb in Rio de Janeiro (Itatiaia massif). Both sexes bring nest material, but one assumes majority of... read more


Resident; possibly some movement in Espírito Santo.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Mountains EBA. Locally fairly common. Confined mainly to montane regions where remnant forest... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Bonan, A. (2020). Brassy-breasted Tanager (Tangara desmaresti). 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 28 January 2020).