Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Golden-collared Tanager (Iridosornis jelskii)


French: Tangara à col d’or German: Kastanienbauch-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara de Jelski

Iridornis Jelskii


, 1873,

Maraynioc, Junín, Peru


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • I. j. jelskii Cabanis, 1873 – E slope of Peruvian Andes from E La Libertad and San Martín S to Junín.
  • I. j. bolivianus Berlepsch, 1912 – E slope of Andes from S Peru (Cuzco) S to Bolivia (La Paz).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 16–26 g. Distinctive colourful tanager with thick and stubby bill. Nominate race has black face and throat surrounded by broad golden-yellow area that circles... read more


    Soft high “seep” and “cheep” calls, sometimes two or more in a series, and... read more


    Humid-forest borders, elfin woodland and dry scrubby hillside vegetation up to tree-line, also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Of 33 stomachs examined, 24 contained only vegetable matter and four only animal matter and five contained both; contents included berries... read more


    Juveniles with adult in Jun and Jul and breeding-condition birds in Nov in Huánuco (Peru). No other information.


    Resident; minor elevational movements may occur in response to changing food resources.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA and Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Uncommon to fairly common.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Golden-collared Tanager (Iridosornis jelskii). 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).