Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Metallic-green Tanager (Tangara labradorides)


French: Calliste vert German: Schwarznackentangare Spanish: Tangara verdinegra

Tanagra (Aglaia) labradorides


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. l. labradorides (Boissonneau, 1840) – Andes of Colombia (both slopes of W & C Andes S from Antioquia; W slope of E range S from Santander, also local on E slope at Cundinamarca; both slopes in Cauca and Nariño), Ecuador (W slope S to Pichincha, and very locally E slope S to Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe) and N Peru (Cajamarca).
  • T. l. chaupensis Chapman, 1925 – N Peru (E slope of Andes in Amazonas and N San Martín).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 13–16·4 g. Small tanager, plumage colour varying with angle of light; relatively long bill. Male nominate race is mostly shining opalescent bluish-green; forehead and... read more


    Calls include coarse “jitt”, squeaky “eeek”, and lower-pitched “chup”, sometimes doubled or given... read more


    Humid-forest edge, second growth and bushy overgrown pastures and clearings; less often in canopy... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and arthropods. In study in Valle del Cauca, in Colombia, 68% of observed instances of foraging involved insect-seeking. Recorded... read more


    All details from Colombia: one nest in Jul and stub-tailed juveniles seen in Jun, Aug and Nov in Valle; juveniles with adults in Jul in... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. More numerous in Colombia than elsewhere. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including Farallones de Cali and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Metallic-green Tanager (Tangara labradorides). 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).