Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Opal-crowned Tanager (Tangara callophrys)


French: Calliste à sourcils clairs German: Opalscheiteltangare Spanish: Tangara opalina

H[ypothlypis]. callophrys


, 1849,

#R, no locality = Rio Solimões, Brazil


Formerly placed with T. velia in a separate genus, Tanagrella. Molecular-genetic data indicate that the two are sister-species, and that T. chilensis is sister to both. Monotypic.


SE Colombia (E from lowlands of Caquetá and Putumayo; isolated records N to Guaviare and Guainía#R) S through E Ecuador and E Peru (S to Puno), and W Brazil S of R Amazon (E to middle R Juruá and middle R Purus; one record from Rondônia#R).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; c. 21–24 g. Dark tanager with conspicuous opal brow. Has forecrown and broad supercilium glistening opal to opalescent yellow, hindcrown to back deep black,... read more


Call a high, thin “zit”, often several times or accelerated into rapid twittering resembling that... read more


Tall humid várzea and terra firme forest, and occasionally forest borders;... read more

Food and feeding

Mixed diet of fruit and insects, probably not differing greatly from that of many others of genus. Three stomachs contained only fruit.... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon; widely distributed across W Amazonia. Occurs in several large protected areas, including La Paya and probably Amacayacú National Parks (... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Opal-crowned Tanager (Tangara callophrys). 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 February 2020).