Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Green-headed Tanager (Tangara seledon)


French: Calliste à tête verte German: Dreifarbentangare Spanish: Tangara arcoiris

Tanagra Seledon

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Cayenne; error = Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


See T. fastuosa. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (from SE Bahia S to Santa Catarina and NE Rio Grande do Sul) and adjacent parts of SE Paraguay (Alto Paraná, Itapúa) and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; mean 18·7 g (nine birds from Paraguay), two others 16 g and 20 g. Brightly coloured tanager with complex plumage pattern reminiscent of that of T. chilensis... read more


Call a high, slightly buzzy “zweet” with rising inflection, and sometimes followed by... read more


Found in canopy of humid forest, along forest borders, in small clearings with scattered trees and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, also arthropods. Takes wide variety of cultivated fruits, including oranges, papayas (Carica papaya) and bananas, as well... read more


Season Nov–Feb in Brazil, and recorded in Nov and Dec in Paraguay and Nov in NE Argentina; apparently, second brood often attempted shortly... read more


Resident. Possible seasonal movements between forest and semi-open areas reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Despite occurrence in variety of disturbed and second-growth habitats, this species has, since late 1980s or... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Green-headed Tanager (Tangara seledon). 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 14 December 2019).