Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Emerald Tanager (Tangara florida)


French: Calliste émeraude German: Smaragdtangare Spanish: Tangara florida

Calliste florida

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1869,

Costa Rica


See T. chrysotis. Proposed race auriceps (described from Buenavista, in Nariño, in SW Colombia) considered indistinguishable from birds elsewhere in species’ range. The form anchicayae, described from mountains above R Anchicayá in Valle del Cauca (Colombia), erroneously as a race of T. schrankii, is a synonym of present species. Monotypic.


Caribbean slope of Costa Rica and Panama (E from Chiriquí and Veraguas; also Pacific coast in E Panamá Province and Darién) and Pacific coast of Colombia (S from S Chocó) to NW Ecuador (Imbabura, Esmeraldas and Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 16·5–20·5 g. Small green-and-yellow tanager. Male has narrow black area encircling bill, narrow black orbital ring, and prominent squarish black... read more


Calls include raspy “jree” or “dzreee”, penetrating and burrier than notes... read more


Humid and wet mossy forest and borders, and adjacent older second growth. Mostly foothills and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, some arthropods. Observed to eat berries of Phytolacca, Schefflera and Trema in Costa Rica. In Colombia... read more


Two nests and a stub-tailed juvenile in Jan–Apr in Colombia; nest in Mar in Costa Rica. In Colombia a mossy cup nest, one on epiphyte-... read more


Resident. In Costa Rica, some apparent seasonal movement to lower elevations during rainiest months... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in Costa Rica and Colombia; more local in Panama. Can be found in a number of protected areas, including Braulio Carrillo and Tapantí... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Emerald Tanager (Tangara florida). 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 26 February 2020).