Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Golden-collared Honeycreeper (Iridophanes pulcherrimus)


French: Tangara sucrier German: Halsband-Naschvogel Spanish: Mielerito collarejo

Dacnis pulcherrima

P. L. Sclater

, 1853,



Sister to Chlorophanes spiza and sometimes considered congeneric (see Iridophanes); sometimes placed in Tangara, plumage being much like that of T. cyanoptera, although bill shape, bill colour and eye colour differ substantially. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • I. p. aureinucha (Ridgway, 1879) – Colombia (W slope of W Andes from Valle del Cauca) S to NW Ecuador (Carchi, Esmeraldas and Pichincha).
  • I. p. pulcherrimus (P. L. Sclater, 1853) – Colombia (head of Magdalena Valley in Huila, and E slope of E Andes from Caquetá) S on E slope through Ecuador and Peru (S to S Cuzco).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 14–17 g. Small honeycreeper with thin, sharply pointed bill, bill longer than that of Tangara. Male nominate race has head and throat black, sharply set... read more


    Call a high lisping buzzy “czee” or “psee”, sometimes doubled and often... read more


    Canopy of humid and wet forest, mossy forest borders, older second growth and irregular or... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded as taking berries from Miconia, Cecropia catkins and nectar; also some insects, but non-quantitative... read more


    In Colombia, male and female carrying food (nest not located) in May in Pialapi Valley (near La Planada, in SW Nariño), pair... read more


    Some seasonal elevational movements in Colombia, individuals reported down to 1000 m only in May... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon on E Andean slope; rare on Pacific slope of Colombia and Ecuador. Occurs in Farallones de Cali National Park, Tambito Natural Reserve and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Golden-collared Honeycreeper (Iridophanes pulcherrimus). 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 28 January 2020).