Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata)


French: Calliste syacou German: Drosseltangare Spanish: Tangara puntosa

Tanagra punctata


, 1766,



See T. varia. Despite significant geographical separation, as well as differences in habitat elevation, the possibility that W and E populations may represent two distinct species has not yet been investigated in detail. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. p. zamorae Chapman, 1925 – E slope of Andes in Ecuador (Sucumbíos) S to N Peru (San Martín).
  • T. p. perenensis Chapman, 1925 – E slope of Andes in C Peru (Junín, mainly in Chanchamayo area).
  • T. p. annectens J. T. Zimmer, 1943 – E slope in SE Peru (Inambari region).
  • T. p. punctulata (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1876) – E slope in N Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba).
  • T. p. punctata (Linnaeus, 1766) – S Venezuela (S of R Orinoco), the Guianas, and N Brazil (R Negro E to Amapá and, S of Amazon, in Pará; sight record from S Amazonas#R); recently found in extreme SE Colombia#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 13–17 g. Small, mostly green tanager with dark-spotted appearance. Nominate race on entire front half ofbody, above and below, has dark feathers broadly fringed... read more


    Call a sharp “tsuu” and extremely high “chip” or “tsick”, usually in rapidly repeated staccato... read more


    Mainly humid and wet pre-montane forest, forest borders and second-growth woodland in Andes, often... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet consists of fruits and arthropods. Of five stomachs examined, four contained only vegetable matter and one only animal matter;... read more


    No information.


    Probably resident. No movements verified but, if they occur, likely confined to local shifts in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Guianan and E Amazonian lowlands; fairly common to locally common in Andes. The four Andean races occur in several large protected areas... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata). 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 9 December 2019).