Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Green-and-gold Tanager (Tangara schrankii)


French: Calliste de Schrank German: Goldbrusttangare Spanish: Tangara de Schrank

Tanagra schrankii


, 1825,

no locality = Tabatinga, Rio Solimões, Brazil


See T. chrysotis. Taxon anchicayae, described from mountains above R Anchicayá in Valle del Cauca (Colombia), erroneously as a race of present species, is referable to T. florida. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. s. venezuelana Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1957 – S & SE Venezuela (E & S Amazonas and S Bolívar from upper R Caura E to upper R Caroní).
  • T. s. schrankii (Spix, 1825) – SE Colombia (from Caquetá and Vaupés) S through E Ecuador and E Peru to EC Bolivia (Santa Cruz), and E in Brazil (mostly S of R Amazon) to E Amazonas, W Pará and NW Mato Grosso.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 14–23 g. Colourful green, yellow and black plumage. Male nominate race is mainly bright emerald-green; forehead, supraloral line and narrow area around eye black... read more


    Calls and contact calls are high, thin “chit” and “tsi” notes, often... read more


    Humid terra firme and várzea forest in lowlands, and decreasing numbers in humid... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, especially Cecropia, also some arthropods. Of 17 stomachs examined, 14 contained only vegetable matter and two only animal... read more


    Few nests found, in Jul, Aug and Oct in E Peru, and Sept in SE Ecuador; females in breeding condition Jul–Dec (but very few specimens... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread and common across much of W Amazonia. Occurs in a number of large protected areas, among them Canaima National Park (Venezuela), Amacayacu... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Green-and-gold Tanager (Tangara schrankii). 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 19 February 2020).