Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Golden Tanager (Tangara aurulenta)


French: Calliste doré German: Goldtangare Spanish: Tangara dorada

Tanagra (Aglaia) aurulenta


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See T. chrysotis (page 902). Hitherto considered conspecific with T. arthus. Subspecies fall into three plumage groups: (A) aurulenta, occidentalis, goodsoni and palmitae; (B) sclateri; and (C) pulchra, aequatorialis and sophiae; further research required. Race palmitae poorly differentiated from aurulenta and possibly better synonymized with it. Eight subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. a. aurulenta (Lafresnaye, 1843) – Western Golden Tanager – NW Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá) and W slope of E Andes of Colombia (S from about latitude of Bogotá).
  • T. a. occidentalis Chapman, 1914 – W slope of C Andes and both slopes of W Andes (S to Nariño), in Colombia.
  • T. a. palmitae Meyer de Schauensee, 1947 – W slope of E Andes at La Palmita (Santander), in Colombia.
  • T. a. goodsoni E. J. O. Hartert, 1913 – W slope of Andes in Ecuador, and probably also NW Peru.
  • T. a. sclateri (Lafresnaye, 1854) – Eastern Golden Tanager – both slopes of E Andes of Colombia (from Boyacá and Santander S to Cundinamarca, and in Macarena Mts), probably also Andes of adjacent SW Venezuela (S Táchira).
  • T. a. aequatorialis (Taczanowski & Berlepsch, 1885) – E slope of Andes in Ecuador and adjacent N Peru (N and W of Marañón Valley).
  • T. a. pulchra (Tschudi, 1844) – Southern Golden Tanager – E slope of Andes in Peru (from Amazonas to Junín).
  • T. a. sophiae (Berlepsch, 1901) – E slope of Andes in SE Peru (S from Cuzco and Puno) S to Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Golden Tanager (Tangara aurulenta). 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 26 May 2019).