Family Mitrospingid Tanagers (Mitrospingidae)

Least Concern

Olive-green Tanager (Orthogonys chloricterus)


French: Mitrospin viréon German: Olivnacken-Stärlingstangare Spanish: Tangara verdioliva

Tachyphonus chloricterus


, 1819,

near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




Espírito Santo S to E Santa Catarina and NE Rio Grande do Sul#R, in SE Brazil.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm. Olive and yellow tanager lacking distinctive markings, with bill relatively slender. Plumage is uniformly olive above, including wing and tail, slightly darker on... read more


Loud “wheek!” and other notes during foraging, often heard well before groups appear in view; call... read more


Tall humid montane forest and forest borders in coastal mountains, at 900–1800 m.

Food and feeding

Insects; some fruit, including Cecropia catkins. Occurs in flocks of about eight individuals, occasionally up to 20, most often in... read more


Bird carrying nest material to bromeliad on large tree in Nov. No other information.


None reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Mountains EBA. Locally common to uncommon. Despite some published statements, no definite... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2019). Olive-green Tanager (Orthogonys chloricterus). 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 February 2019).