Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Green-naped Tanager (Tangara fucosa)


French: Calliste à nuque verte German: Grünnackentangare Spanish: Tangara nuquiverde

Tangara fucosus


, 1912,

Mount Pirre, 5000 feet [c. 1525 m], Panama


See T. vassorii (above). Has been considered conspecific with T. dowii, the two being similar in vocalizations, behaviour and habitat preference, but differs in its bluish-green vs rufous spot on mid-crown (3); strong blue vs pale bluish-green scaling on breast (2); more extensive and larger spotting on flanks (2); pale green vs pale greenish-blue iridescent flecking on ear-coverts, neck sides and nape (ns[1]). Monotypic.


Mountains of E Panama on Cerro Pirre, the Serranía de Jungurudó, Serranía del Sapo#R, and Cerro Malí (near Cerro Tacarcuna), and Panama–Colombia border on Cerro Tacarcuna; one sight record in NW Colombia on Cerro Tacarcuna (R Tigre).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 18–23 g. Small tanager with “unkempt”, spangled appearance. Plumage is mainly blackish above, with pale greenish spangles on crown and nape, small bluish-green central... read more


Calls high-pitched “tsit” notes and longer “tseet”, uttered singly, in combination, or in rapid... read more


Humid pre-montane and montane forest and forest borders. Mostly above 1350 m, but recorded down to... read more

Food and feeding

Has been observed to take berries of Miconia and an epiphytic vine. Contents of three stomachs were fruit. Reported in groups of 3... read more


One nest reported in Aug in Serranía de Jungurudó. Nest appeared ball-shaped, was located c. 15 m up between palm-frond leaflets and atop... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Darién Highlands EBA. Fairly common within its extremely limited global... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Green-naped Tanager (Tangara fucosa). 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 May 2019).