Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Moss-backed Tanager (Bangsia edwardsi)


French: Tangara d’Edwards German: Moosmantel-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara de Edwards

Buthraupis edwardsi


, 1865,





W slope of W Andes in SW Colombia (from Dagua Valley, in Valle del Cauca) S to NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas and Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 33·5–39·4 g. Chunky tanager with blue face and thick stubby bill. Has entire crown, lores, ocular area and throat black, supercilium (from above eye) and side of head... read more


Dawn song, from prominent perch, a chippy, rattling trill, “tr’e’e’é’ é’e’e’r tr’e’e’é’é’e’e’r... read more


Wet and pluvial pre-montane and montane forest (cloudforest) and forest borders; infrequently... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and arthropods. In W Colombia ate mostly fruit, including several species of melastome, epiphytes, and parasitic plants. Encountered... read more


Nest with eggs found at end Jul in Ecuador; stub-tailed young with adult in Jan in Colombia (upper Anchicayá Valley, in W Valle). Ecuador... read more


Possibly some local movement; wandering individuals reported in Mar and Nov at 1050 m elevation in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Locally fairly common in both Colombia and Ecuador. Although this species is generally found at... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Moss-backed Tanager (Bangsia edwardsi). 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).