Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Seven-colored Tanager (Tangara fastuosa)


French: Calliste superbe German: Vielfarbentangare Spanish: Tangara sietecolores

Tanagra fastuosa


, 1832,

#R, Pernambuco, Brazil


Recent molecular-genetic studies suggest that this species and T. seledon are likely sister-species and form a monophyletic clade with T. cyanocephala, T. desmaresti and T. cyanoventris. Monotypic.


Extreme E Brazil: Paraíba, Pernambuco and Alagoas.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. A brilliantly coloured and boldly patterned tanager, with bill relatively thick for the genus. Has narrow black ocular ring and line surrounding base of bill;... read more


In disputes or when excited, a high “ti-ti-ti-ti”, much like that of many congeners. No... read more


Humid floodplain-forest and upland forest, forest borders and older second-growth woodland in... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and arthropods One stomach contained vegetable matter. Occurs in pairs and in small groups, often with mixed-species flocks, staying... read more


Breeding reported in Oct–Mar (austral spring and summer). Nests reported in forest middle storey, usually in large bromeliads, which... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Slope of Alagoas and Pernambuco EBA. Uncommon to rare; declining within its very small global range. Confirmed sites... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Seven-colored Tanager (Tangara fastuosa). 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 19 February 2020).