Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Golden-naped Tanager (Tangara ruficervix)


French: Calliste à nuque d’or German: Rotnackentangare Spanish: Tangara nuquigualda

Tanagra ruficervix

Prévost and Des Murs

, 1846,

no locality = Bogotá, Colombia


Could be placed in Chalcothraupis (see Genus text). Usually considered conspecific with T. fulvicervix. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. r. ruficervix (Prévost & Des Murs, 1846) – Andes of Colombia on both slopes of W & C ranges (from Antioquia) and E range (W slope S from Santander, and E slope from Cundinamarca–Meta border S to Cauca and Nariño).
  • T. r. leucotis (P. L. Sclater, 1851) – W Ecuador (S to El Oro).
  • T. r. taylori (Taczanowski & Berlepsch, 1885) – E Ecuador (S to W Loja) and extreme N Peru (N of R Marañón, in Cajamarca).
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 16–22·2 g. Small, mostly blue tanager, two populations differing distinctly in plumage. Male nominate race is mainly turquoise-blue; lores, chin,... read more


    During foraging gives weak “chip” or “tic” notes, often in rapid, excited... read more


    Humid and wet forest borders, older second growth and sometimes shrubby pastures; less often inside... read more

    Food and feeding

    Takes variety of small fruits and berries, including those of melastomes, figs (Ficus), Morus, and Cecropia;... read more


    In Colombia, nest found in Apr in W Valle, and dependent juvenile in Sept and seven birds in breeding condition in Feb–Jun in C Andes... read more


    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Perhaps more numerous locally in S portions of range. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including Tatamá,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Golden-naped Tanager (Tangara ruficervix). 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).