Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Glistening-green Tanager (Chlorochrysa phoenicotis)


French: Tangara étincelant German: Rotohr-Bunttangare Spanish: Tangara verde

Calliste phoenicotis


, 1851,

Nanegal, Ecuador




Colombia on W slope of C Andes (Antioquia) and Pacific slope of W Andes (from Risaralda) S to Ecuador (Pichincha and El Oro).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 20–24·5 g. Small, brilliant green, strong-legged tanager with bill thinner and longer than that of Tangara. Male is glistening emerald-green... read more


All vocalizations have wheezy or lispy sound. Commonest call during foraging a high, lisping and... read more


Canopy and borders of wet mossy forest (cloudforest) and older second growth. Recorded at c. 700–... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods, including larvae; also fruit. In Colombian study, insect captures accounted for 62% of foraging records and included many... read more


Season evidently May–Sept in Colombia, including two breeding-condition birds in Jun at N end of C Andes, nesting evidence Apr–Jun in Valle... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon. Confined to narrow band of pre-montane and montane wet forest on W... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Glistening-green Tanager (Chlorochrysa phoenicotis). 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).