Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Orange-throated Bush-tanager (Chlorospingus hypophaeus)


French: Chlorospin de Veraguas German: Orangekehl-Grünammer Spanish: Clorospingo gorjinaranja

Chlorospingus hypophæus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1868,

Veragua, Calovevora, Panama


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. flavigularis, but differs in its dark vs pale iris (3); yellow-orange vs yellow throat (1); warm buff vs cold grey breast (2); lower underparts buffy-grey vs grey-green (ns[1]); smaller size, notably shorter tail (effect size for 8 males vs 10 male nominate C. flavigularis –2.9, score 2). Monotypic.

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W Panama, mainly on Caribbean slope, from Bocas del Toro E to W San Blas, and apparently in NW Colombia, on Cerro Tacarcuna, on the border with Panama#R.

Descriptive notes

12∙2–13∙3 cm, 15–20 g. Rather plain bush-tanager, dull orange-yellow throat often not particularly conspicuous. Adult has lores grey, crown, sides of head and upperparts,... read more


Poorly known. Calls described as sharp metallic “shrt” notes, given singly or run together in... read more


Humid to wet mossy forest, borders of forest and various stages of second-growth woodland; recorded... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unrecorded. Behaviour echoes that of other Chlorospingus, moving in pairs or small flocks, sometimes with other species, in... read more


No information, except that a dependent fledgling and a juvenile were trapped in NW Colombia in Aug.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered to be a restricted-range species, being apparently confined to the E part of the Costa Rica and Panama... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Orange-throated Bush-tanager (Chlorospingus hypophaeus). 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 17 February 2020).