Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-backed Tanager (Tangara preciosa)


French: Calliste à dos marron German: Prachttangare Spanish: Tangara preciosa

C[allispiza]. preciosa


, 1851,

Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


See T. argentea, also T. peruviana. Species has sometimes been referred to as T. castanonota, but present name has priority. An aviary specimen, originally described as T. arnaulti, is now believed to be a hybrid between present species and T. cayana. Monotypic.


SE Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones S to Entre Ríos, and at least formerly to mouth of R La Plata and N Buenos Aires), coastal SE Brazil (São Paulo S to Rio Grande do Sul) and Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 22–24 g. Male has entire crown, nape, side of head, mantle and back rich golden-rufous, scapulars, rump and uppertail-coverts yellowish-opal, longest uppertail-... read more


Call a squeaky “zeeek!” or “zurk”. Song 4–5 high, lisping notes,... read more


Forest borders, especially where Araucaria trees occur, and in woodlots, gardens, and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and arthropods. Takes a variety of fruit, such as Schinus and loquat (Eriobotyra japonica), also cultivated fruits... read more


One nest-site in Rio Grande do Sul was 10 m up in thick fronds of an araucaria tree. No other information.


Some local seasonal movements, apparently in response to shifting food supplies. Those in extreme S... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Most numerous in Rio Grande do Sul, e.g. in Aparados da Serra National Park. Occurs also in a number of other protected... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Chestnut-backed Tanager (Tangara preciosa). 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).