Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Orange-throated Tanager (Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron)


French: Tangara à gorge orangée German: Veilchenschultertangare Spanish: Tangara golinaranja

Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron

Lowery and O’Neill

, 1964,

Chávez Valdivia, Amazonas, Peru




S Ecuador (SE Zamora-Chinchipe) and adjacent N Peru (NC Amazonas and possibly adjacent Loreto).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 43·6–56 g. Strikingly plumaged, thick-billed tanager with relatively long wing, but short tail and tarsus; feathers of malar region, lower chin and throat stiff,... read more


Dawn song, in Peru, a thick, heavy “jasuu, jasuu, jasuu...”, up to a half-dozen notes, repeated... read more


Mainly mature humid and wet pre-montane forest in relatively gentle foothills, and terra firme... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and insects. One stomach contained seeds, fruit pulp and a beetle (Coleoptera). Found in pairs and in small groups of up to about six... read more


One nest found in Jan, placed on a palm frond c. 10 m above the ground, appeared to be an open cup made primarily of twigs and other dead... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Andean Ridge-top Forests EBA. Notably local; fairly common in suitable habitat at a few sites. First described in 1964 in... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & de Juana, E. (2020). Orange-throated Tanager (Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron). 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 27 February 2020).