Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala)


Taxonomy

French: Calliste safran German: Silberkehltangare Spanish: Tangara goliplateada
Taxonomy:

Calliste icterocephala

Bonaparte

, 1851,

Punta Playa Valley, south of Quito, Ecuador

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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 nape to below eye... read more

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61688 on 15 December 2018).