Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima)


French: Tangara multicolore German: Schwarzohr-Bunttangare Spanish: Tangara multicolor

Chlorochrysa nitidissima

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Antioquia, Colombia




Colombia: locally on both slopes of W Andes from Risaralda and extreme S Antioquia S to W Cauca (Munchique area); and C Andes at N end (Antioquia), on W slope (Quindío, and reported from Ucumari Regional Park, in Risaralda) and on E slope (Caldas).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 17·3–21·6 g. Small, strong-legged tanager with mostly yellow head and glistening harlequin-patterned plumage; bill longer and thinner than that of Tangara.... read more


Call one to several wheezy “ceeet” or “swee” notes, similar to those of C. calliparaea.... read more


Humid and wet mossy forest, tall older second-growth woodland and forested borders, at c. 1300–2200... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Reported food items include insects, mainly taken when foraging with mixed-species flocks in forest interior. Also fruit.


Stub-tailed juvenile with two adults on 1st Nov and grown juvenile on 8th Jan in W Andes above Cali (Valle del Cauca). No other information.


Evidently resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Slopes EBA and Chocó EBA. Uncommon, local and declining. Since 1951 recorded at only two sites... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima). 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 22 January 2020).