Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Orange-eared Tanager (Chlorochrysa calliparaea)


French: Tangara de Tschudi German: Schwarzkehl-Bunttangare Spanish: Tangara orejinaranja

C[allospiza]. calliparaea


, 1844,

“Chinchon forests”, Junín, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. fulgentissima. Sight records of this species in W Venezuela may refer to race bourcieri or to an undescribed race. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. bourcieri (Bonaparte, 1851) – S Colombia (W slope of E Andes in Cundinamarca S to head of Magdalena Valley, in Huila; E slope of E Andes S from Caquetá) S to E Ecuador and E slope in N Peru (Huánuco S to Huallaga Valley).
  • C. c. calliparaea (Tschudi, 1844) – E slope of Andes of Peru (Pasco S to N Ayacucho).
  • Also recorded (race uncertain) on E slope of Andes in W Venezuela (on Mérida–Barinas border).

    Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 14·9–21·5 g. Small, strong-legged green tanager with dark throat and narrow orange rump; bill longer and thinner than that of Tangara. Male nominate race has... read more


    Dawn song a slow series of 4–8 or so notes, “pseet pseet pseet pseet pseet”, rather high-pitched,... read more


    Favours humid and wet middle-elevation mossy forest (cloudforest), forest borders, and taller... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small arthropods; also fruit, especially small berries, such as those of Miconia and other melastomes. Of nine stomachs examined,... read more


    Little information. Five active nests found in Oct–Nov in E Peru (buffer zone of Manu National Park); nests cup-shaped, built within... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon in N of range, locally more numerous towards S. Inhabits narrow band of wet E slope pre-montane and montane forest that is under pressure in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2019). Orange-eared Tanager (Chlorochrysa calliparaea). 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 26 May 2019).