Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Grey-and-gold Tanager (Tangara palmeri)


French: Calliste or-gris German: Silbermanteltangare Spanish: Tangara grisdorada

Calospiza palmeri


, 1909,

Río Sipí, Chocó, Colombia


See T. cabanisi. Monotypic.


E Panama from E Panamá Province (Cerro Azul) E to Darién (including Cerro Tacarcuna, Altos de Quía, Cerro Pirre and Cerro Sapo), and Pacific slope and lowlands of W Colombia and W Ecuador (S to Esmeraldas and Pichincha; also Cordillera de Chindul, in N Manabí).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 30–32·6 g. Fairly large, plump, predominantly grey and black Tangara with black-speckled foreparts; “gold” colour inconspicuous.... read more


Unlike most congeners, a notably vocal species. Several semi-musical calls and staccato notes, most... read more


Mainly humid to very wet (pluvial) forest, often on steep hillsides, forest borders, tall second... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and berries, and arthropods. In W Colombia observed to eat more than 32 species of fruit (80% of 541 observations); Miconia... read more


Nests found in early Jul, early Aug and Dec; nest-building seen in Jan, and nest in Feb and pair feeding fledgling in Apr; in upper... read more


Resident; no evidence of any seasonal movements in W Colombia.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs at rather low density or distributed locally in Chocó–Pacific forests. Occurs in a few protected sites, such as Los... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Grey-and-gold Tanager (Tangara palmeri). 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 23 January 2020).