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

c. 13 cm; 20–22 g (n = 3). Adult has head rich deep glistening orange-yellow, with narrow black line above bill, black lores, narrow black orbital ring, and also a... read more


Call a buzzy “seet” or “bzeet”, often given over and over during foraging. Possible song in... 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. Singly and in pairs when breeding, but at other times several, sometimes as many as 30, forage... read more


Season apparently Mar–Jun, but no specific details available. Oldest recorded individual just over seven years old.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common to locally common throughout range. Occurs in Henri Pittier, Yacambú, Guaramacal, Sierra Nevada and... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 21 February 2020).