Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Golden-chested Tanager (Bangsia rothschildi)


French: Tangara de Rothschild German: Gelbbrust-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara de Rothschild

Buthraupis rothschildi


, 1897,

Cachabí, 500 feet [c. 150 m], Esmeraldas, Ecuador




W Colombia (from C Chocó) S on Pacific slope to Ecuador (N Esmeraldas and SW Imbabura).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; one male 48·5 g. Chunky, short-tailed tanager with relatively heavy bill. Plumage is almost entirely dark navy-blue; rump and uppertail-coverts slightly bluer, tail... read more


Song, infrequently heard, a high, buzzy, insect-like “tiz-ez-ez-ez-ez-ez”, given up to ten times... read more


Wet and pluvial foothill forest and pre-montane forest and forest borders. Mostly 250–1100 m;... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, some nectar; also arthropods. Recorded as eating more than ten species of fruit, including those from melastomes, Cecropia... read more


Mossy nest with side entrance reported to be very similar to that of B. arcaei. Only data concerning seasonality is from Colombia... read more


Occasional local or seasonal upslope movements on Pacific slope in Colombia, with birds present as... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Regarded as “Near-threatened” in Ecuador because of its limited... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Golden-chested Tanager (Bangsia rothschildi). 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 May 2019).