Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Golden-backed Mountain-tanager (Cnemathraupis aureodorsalis)


French: Tangara à dos d’or German: Goldrücken-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara dorsidorada

Buthraupis aureodorsalis

Blake and Hocking

, 1974,

Quilluacocha, c. 11,500 feet [c. 3500 m], Huánuco (Acomayo), Peru




E slope of Andes in NC Peru (San Martín, La Libertad and Huánuco).

Descriptive notes

23 cm; 75–94 g. Large, spectacular but hard-to-find tanager; bill short and thick. Has crown dull blue, rest of head down to upper mantle and mid-breast black; rest of... read more


Song a series of wheedles, squeals and churrs; typically, repeats one note 4–6 times and then... read more


Elfin forest at tree-line; especially in large islands and patches of Escallonia and ... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and insects. Of seven stomachs examined, five contained only vegetable matter and two contained both vegetable and animal matter;... read more


Brooding females in Sept, and juveniles and immatures found in Jul, Oct and Nov. No other information.


Presumed resident; no evidence of any movements.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Estimated global population very small, and declining... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Golden-backed Mountain-tanager (Cnemathraupis aureodorsalis). 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 May 2019).