Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Glaucous Tanager (Tangara glaucocolpa)


French: Tangara glauque German: Blauflecktangare Spanish: Tangara glauca

Th[raupis]. Glaucocolpa


, 1851,

Caracas, Venezuela


See T. episcopus. Sometimes considered conspecific with T. episcopus and/or T. sayaca, but differs markedly in plumage, voice and habitat. Monotypic.


N Colombia (from N Bolívar and Atlántico) E across arid Caribbean coast of Venezuela (to Sucre, and inland in llanos S to Barinas, Apure, Guárico and N Anzoátegui); also Margarita I.

Descriptive notes

16 cm; c. 31–37 g. Has head and upperparts dull smoky grey with greenish tinge (no contrast between head and back); central tail feathers dull greenish-grey, outer... read more


Song distinctive, a pulsating series of remarkably high-pitched notes that swell in volume as song... read more


Dry deciduous woodland, dry scrub and thorny vegetation, trees along streams, plantations, and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and insects. Single individuals or pairs stay mostly well up in trees; also sometimes in small groups of 3–5 individuals.... read more


Nest records in Apr–Jul (Anzoátegui) and Aug (Guárico) in Venezuela; three breeding-condition birds Apr–Jul in... read more


In E Falcón (Venezuela) numbers increase dramatically during May–Jul/Aug, remaining high perhaps... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon, and found at low density. Less numerous and much less widespread than T. episcopus. Occurs in a few protected areas,... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Glaucous Tanager (Tangara glaucocolpa). 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).