Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)


French: Calliste à coiffe d’or German: Goldscheiteltangare Spanish: Tangara cabecidorada

Calliste larvata

du Bus de Gisignies

, 1846,

Tabasco, Mexico


See T. argentea. Molecular data indicate that this species is sister to both T. cyanicollis and T. nigrocincta but is more closely related to former, although it has been treated as conspecific with latter. Geographical variation partly clinal. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. l. larvata (du Bus de Gisignies, 1846) – Caribbean slope of SE Mexico (from S Tabasco, N Oaxaca and N Chiapas), Belize and E Guatemala S to extreme N Costa Rica.
  • T. l. centralis (Berlepsch, 1912) – Caribbean slope of Costa Rica and W Panama (Bocas del Toro, N Veraguas, N Coclé).
  • T. l. franciscae (P. L. Sclater, 1856) – Pacific slope of Costa Rica and W Panama (E to Veraguas).
  • T. l. fanny (Lafresnaye, 1847) – E Panama (from Colón on Caribbean slope, and from Canal Zone on Pacific slope) E to Colombia (N base of W & C Andes, lower Cauca Valley, middle Magdalena Valley, and Pacific lowlands and slope from Chocó) S to W Ecuador (Manabí and Los Ríos).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 17·1–23·9 g. Small, colourful tanager with white belly. Male nominate race has most of head cream to deep golden, turning to rufous on throat;... read more


    Calls include high, sharp “tsit” and “chik” notes with hard metallic or... read more


    Inhabits humid-forest borders, second growth of various ages, and clearings and pastures with... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and arthropods. In W Colombia study, fruit accounted for 68% of 180 foraging observations; more than 19 species of fruit eaten, and... read more


    Season Mar–Sept in Costa Rica, Feb–Aug in Panama and Jan–May in W Colombia; two, rarely three, broods sometimes attempted... read more


    Resident. Minor local movements may occur in response to varying fruit availability.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Widespread on Caribbean slope of Middle America and Pacific slope of Colombia and NW Ecuador. In Ecuador, recent records S... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata). 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 February 2020).