Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Dotted Tanager (Tangara varia)


French: Calliste tacheté German: Tüpfeltangare Spanish: Tangara manchada

Tanagra varia

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Cayenne, French Guiana


This species, T. rufigula, T. punctata, T. guttata and T. xanthogastra form a clade and could be separated into the genus Ixothraupis (see Genus text). Monotypic.


S Venezuela (Amazonas, S Bolívar), SW Guyana and N Brazil (N of R Amazon, from R Negro E to C Pará; S of R Amazon, from lower and middle R Tapajós E to E of R Xingu S to N Mato Grosso); also NE Peru (San Martín and Cordillera Azul) and recorded in E Colombia (sight record near Inírida, in Guainía), Suriname#R and NE French Guiana#R.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; one bird 10 g. Small tanager, essentially uniformly green, and can easily be confused with immatures of several congeners. Male is mostly bright green above and below... read more


Song, in Peru, a high, hissing series of descending, melancholy notes, “tsip... tsee-tseee-tsee-... read more


Humid forest and forest edge, second growth, trees in clearings adjacent to forest, and shady... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Diet insects and fruit. Singles and pairs reported as regularly associated with mixed-species canopy flocks. Forages from... read more


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare. Poorly known, and perhaps often overlooked because of great height at which it normally occurs in forest. Recently recorded at one locality in... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Dotted Tanager (Tangara varia). 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 January 2020).