Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala)


French: Calliste safran German: Silberkehltangare Spanish: Tangara goliplateada

Calliste icterocephala


, 1851,

Punta Playa Valley, south of Quito, Ecuador


See T. chrysotis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. i. frantzii (Cabanis, 1861) – N Costa Rica S on both slopes of mountains to W Panama (Veraguas).
  • T. i. oresbia Wetmore, 1962 – mountains of WC Panama (Coclé and W Panamá Province).
  • T. i. icterocephala (Bonaparte, 1851) – mountains of Pacific slope of extreme E Panama (E Darién), and Andes of Colombia (W slope of C range in Antioquia; W slope of W range S from Antioquia), W Ecuador (S to El Oro and W Loja) and NE Peru (E Tumbes)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 17·7–24·7 g. Sleek, mostly bright yellow tanager with black moustachial stripe and silvery greenish-white throat. Nominate race has crown and upper... read more


    Call, during foraging and often in flight, a very buzzy “shreet” or “bzzeet... read more


    Humid forest and wet forest, forest borders, and older second-growth woodland, in all areas... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, flower buds, and some arthropods. Three stomachs contained only vegetable matter, including fruit and Cecropia seeds. In... read more


    Season Feb–Sept in Costa Rica breed (all records above c. 750 m), and breeding recorded in Feb in Panama and in Feb, Apr and Oct in... read more


    Seasonal elevational movements downslope almost to sea-level occur on both slopes during rainiest... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout range. Sight record of this species in NE Peru (E Tumbes) may involve a vagrant individual or, perhaps, be... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala). 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 21 February 2020).