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

    12–13 cm; 17–19 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 (Ecuador) a slow series of 4–8 or so notes, “pseet pseet pseet pseet pseet” or “zeep-zeep... 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. Usually found singly or in... read more


    Nothing known.


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

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

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 24 January 2020).