Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Gilt-edged Tanager (Tangara cyanoventris)


French: Calliste à ventre bleu German: Blaubrusttangare Spanish: Tangara ventriazul

Tanagra cyanoventris


, 1819,

“Brésil” [Brazil]


See T. fastuosa, also T. desmaresti. Monotypic.


E Brazil from NC Bahia, S Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to E São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 16–20 g. Colourful tanager, mostly golden above and blue below, with golden head. Has narrow area surrounding bill and thin orbital ring jet-black; otherwise,... read more


Abrupt sharp call notes include “tsit” and “seet!”, which may accelerate... read more


Humid pre-montane forest and forest borders, to lesser extent also second-growth woodland and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes both fruit and some insects. Recorded fruit items include melastome berries and fruit of Urtica. Lives in pairs and... read more


A nest found in Nov in Rio de Janeiro was 12 m up in fork of tree; nest possibly lined with strips of bamboo. Offspring of a previous brood... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Range now much fragmented, and numbers substantially reduced. Survives in remaining forested areas in SE coastal range, and (as with... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2020). Gilt-edged Tanager (Tangara cyanoventris). 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 February 2020).