Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Golden-eared Tanager (Tangara chrysotis)


French: Calliste à oreilles d’or German: Goldohrtangare Spanish: Tangara orejidorada

Calliste chrysotis

du Bus de Gisignies

, 1846,



Genetic data indicate that this species is part of a monophyletic group that includes also T. xanthocephala, T. lunigera, T. parzudakii, T. johannae, T. schrankii, T. arthus, T. aurulenta, T. florida and T. icterocephala. Monotypic.


S Colombia (at head of Magdalena Valley in Huila; E slope of E Andes from Caquetá) S on E slope through Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia (S to Yungas of Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 23–25·5 g. Distinctively marked, mostly lime-green tanager with black crown, golden to yellow cheeks and rufous lower underparts. Male has centre of crown... read more


Call “tsuck”, somewhat lower-pitched than calls of congeners; also a strong, doubled... read more


Humid and wet pre-montane and montane forest, forest borders, and older second-growth woodland.... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, some arthropods. One stomach contained small worms (Oligochaeta) and plant material. Eats many small fruits, especially melastome... read more


No information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Generally less numerous than other members of genus with which it occurs. Found in a few protected areas, including Cayambe-Coca Ecological... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Golden-eared Tanager (Tangara chrysotis). 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 23 January 2020).