Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis)


French: Calliste septicolore German: Siebenfarbentangare Spanish: Tangara del paraíso

Aglaïa Chilensis


, 1832,

no locality = Bolivia


Molecular data indicate that this species is most closely related to T. velia and T. callophrys. Race caelicolor intergrades with paradisea in E Venezuela and Guyana. Race name caelicolor often misspelt “coelicolor” but former is the original spelling. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. paradisea (Swainson, 1837) – SE Venezuela, the Guianas and N Brazil (S to N bank of R Amazon).
  • T. c. caelicolor (P. L. Sclater, 1851) – E Colombia (Meta, Guainía and Vaupés), S Venezuela (Amazonas) and NW Brazil (R Uaupés and upper R Negro).
  • T. c. chilensis (Vigors, 1832) – S & SE Colombia (W slope of E Andes in upper Magdalena Valley, in Huila; and Caquetá, Putumayo and Amazonas) S to E Ecuador, E Peru and Bolivia (S to Santa Cruz), and E through W Brazil (E to Rondônia, SE Amazonas, E Mato Grosso and SW Pará).
  • T. c. chlorocorys J. T. Zimmer, 1929 – N Peru (upper Huallaga Valley).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm; 16–17 g (paradisea), 17–27 g (nominate and chloro­corys). Unmistakable tanager with a harlequin pattern of contrasting... read more


    Noisier than most congeners. Individuals, especially when in flock, almost constantly give rapid,... read more


    Everywhere found in high canopy and treetops, and often in canopy of emergent trees (leafless or... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and small berries, also arthropods; observed to eat Miconia berries and fruits of Aralia. Of twelve stomachs... read more


    In Peru, breeding recorded in Jun–Sept in SE and nest-building observed in Nov in C (Pasco); nest reported in Oct in French Guiana. Nest in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, and fairly common to common. Found in many protected areas, and widely distributed in unprotected areas. This species does not face any... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis). 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 23 January 2020).