Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-breasted Tanager (Tangara arthus)


French: Calliste à poitrine marron German: Braunbrusttangare Spanish: Tangara pechicastaña

Tangara Arthus


, 1832,

Caracas, Venezuela


See T. chrysotis. Hitherto treated as conspecific (as “Golden Tanager”) with T. aurulenta, but differs from the three groups A–C that make up that species (see below) in its chestnut breastband, flanks and vent (4); ventral area paler, brighter yellow than in other taxa (2); then vs group A chin paler, brighter yellow (1); and bill, wing and especially tail longer (tail at least 2); and vs groups B and C chin yellow vs chestnut (3). Monotypic.

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Mountains of N & W Venezuela (from NW Lara and Sierra de San Luis, in Falcón, E to Distrito Federal and Miranda; Andes from S Lara S to N Táchira).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 18·7–27·5 g. Beautiful Andean tanager with plumage of rich gold and black, but notable for complex plumage variation. Nominate race has head rich... read more


Call a buzzy “seet” or “bzeet”, often given over and over during foraging.... read more


Humid and wet montane forest and forest borders, sparingly extending into trees and second growth... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, some arthropods; also flower parts. Of nine stomachs examined, eight contained only vegetable matter and one contained both... read more


One nest found at end Mar in Ecuador (in Mushullacta Community Forest Reserve, SW Galeras Mts, c. 8 km SE of Guamaní, in Pichincha... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread, and generally fairly common to locally common throughout range. Occurs in numerous protected areas, from Henri Pittier, Yacambú,... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Chestnut-breasted Tanager (Tangara arthus). 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 19 May 2019).