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

    13–14 cm; 18·5 g. Small, mostly blue tanager. Male nominate race is mainly turquoise-blue; lores, chin, forecrown and ocular area black, small reddish-golden band on rear... read more


    During foraging gives weak, insect-like “chip” or “tic” notes, often in rapid, excited bursts. No... read more


    Humid and wet forest borders, older second growth, adjacent clearings and sometimes shrubby... 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. Cup-... read more


    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common, perhaps more numerous locally. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including Tatamá, Farallones... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 February 2020).