Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Least Concern

Lemon-spectacled Tanager (Habia olivacea)


French: Habia à lunettes German: Gelbbrauenkardinal Spanish: Tangara olivácea

Orthogonys olivaceus


, 1860,

Río Truandó, north-west Colombia




Pacific slope in extreme E Panama (SE Darién S & E of R Chepo and R Chucunaque) and W Colombia (E along N base of Andes to Magdalena Valley in Antioquia, and in Pacific lowlands) S to NW Ecuador (N Esmeraldas).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 36–41 g. Robust species with conspicuous “spectacles” and strong, heavy bill, but dingy plumage. Male is uniformly dark olive above, including head, upperwing and tail... read more


Song, mainly at dawn, a long, rapid series of notes that begins softly, then rapidly becomes much... read more


Lower levels of wet lowland and foothill forest and adjacent second growth, especially along... read more

Food and feeding

Two stomachs contained animal matter, another had both animal and plant material; contents included parts of ants (Formicidae),... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common in Colombia; decidedly less numerous at S end of range in extreme NW Ecuador. Occurs in a few protected areas,... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Lemon-spectacled Tanager (Habia olivacea). 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 August 2019).