Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Grass-green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferii)


French: Tangara de Rieffer German: Papageitangare Spanish: Tangara lorito

Tanagra Riefferii


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. r. riefferii (Boissonneau, 1840) – Andes of Colombia and Ecuador.
  • C. r. dilutus J. T. Zimmer, 1947 – Andes of N Peru S of Chachapoyas.
  • C. r. elegans (Tschudi, 1844) – Andes of C Peru (Junín).
  • C. r. celatus J. T. Zimmer, 1947 – Andes of S Peru below Limbani.
  • C. r. bolivianus (Berlepsch, 1912) – Andes of Bolivia (La Paz).
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm; 42–59 g. Large, unmistakable tanager with grass-green plumage, robust proportions and orange bare parts; bill thick and somewhat conical. Nominate race is bright... read more


    Dawn song 1–2 “enk” notes followed by bursts of 1–5 harsh, squeaky, doubled... read more


    Wet, mossy and often rather low-stature or stunted upper montane forest and forest borders almost... read more

    Food and feeding

    Of seven stomachs examined, three contained only vegetable matter and two only animal matter, and two held both; contents included fruit... read more


    Nests found in Jul and Sept in Ecuador. One nest in Colombia was relatively large, constructed from green moss and decorated with ferns;... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of range; rather uncommon in Bolivia. Present in a number of protected areas, including Las Orquídeas, Farallones de... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Grass-green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferii). 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).