Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Speckled Tanager (Tangara guttata)


French: Calliste tiqueté German: Fleckentangare Spanish: Tangara pintoja

C[allispiza]. guttata


, 1851,

Cerro Roraima, Bolívar, Venezuela


See T. varia. Nominate race isolated; the possibility that the other races might merit treatment as a separate species may be worth investigating; taxonomic status of chrysophrys may likewise deserve research. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. g. eusticta Todd, 1912 – Costa Rica (from Alajuela and, on Pacific slope, from San José) E to Panama (Caribbean slope, local on W Pacific slope) and extreme W Colombia (Cerro Tacarcuna, in extreme NW Chocó).
  • T. g. tolimae Chapman, 1914 – E slope of C Andes of Colombia (S to Tolima).
  • T. g. bogotensis Hellmayr & Seilern, 1912 – Sierra de Perijá, Andes of Venezuela (from Lara S to Táchira), and adjacent E Andes of Colombia (W slope from Norte de Santander S to Cundinamarca, Macarena Mts, and to W Caquetá and E Cauca, possibly also Nariño; probably throughout E slope, but records sparse).
  • T. g. chrysophrys (P. L. Sclater, 1851) – N & S Venezuela (Sierra de San Luis, in Falcón, and coastal cordilleras from Yaracuy E to Sucre and Monagas; also locally in mountains of Amazonas and Bolívar) and extreme NW Brazil (Sierra de Curupira).
  • T. g. trinitatis Todd, 1912 – N Trinidad.
  • T. g. guttata (Cabanis, 1851) – SE Venezuela (SE Bolívar E of R Caroní), adjacent extreme N Brazil (Cerro Uei-tepui), and locally in the Guianas.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 15–20·5 g. Small, mostly green tanager with yellow-tinged face and dense black spotting. Nominate race has lores black, forehead, eyebrow and orbital area bright... read more


    More vocal than many congeners, often almost constantly uttering high-pitched “chit, chip” and “... read more


    Humid foothill forest and mountain forest, forest borders, second growth and adjacent shady tree-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small and large fruits, also some arthropods. Of three stomachs examined, two contained only vegetable matter and one contained both... read more


    Recorded in Apr–Jun in Costa Rica; birds in breeding condition in May–Jun in NE Colombia. In Costa Rica, helpers observed to attend nests.... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Occurs in various protected areas, including Braulio Carrillo, Tapantí and Chirripó/La Amistad National Parks (Costa Rica),... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Speckled Tanager (Tangara guttata). 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 January 2020).