Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-winged Tanager (Tangara abbas)


French: Tangara à miroir jaune German: Olivflügeltangare Spanish: Tangara aliamarilla

Tanagra Abbas

W. Deppe

, 1830,

Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico


See T. episcopus. Monotypic.


E & SE Mexico (from S Tamaulipas, and SE San Luis Potosí, and from Oaxaca) S on Caribbean slope to NC Nicaragua and on Pacific slope to S Honduras and N & C Nicaragua); recent published records from Nuevo León (Mexico)#R and N Costa Rica#R.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 38–55 g. A rather dull-plumaged tanager with yellow wingband and fairly thick bill. Head and neck campanula-blue (lilac-blue), brightest on crown, narrow black... read more


Song described as a slightly reedy descending trill, often with 1 or 2 introductory notes, “... read more


Moderately dry to humid forest borders, clearings with trees, plantations, parks, gardens and other... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and fruit; fond of figs (Ficus). Lives in pairs when breeding, at other times in pairs or groups up to about ten... read more


Breeding reported during Feb–Jul from Mexico S to El Salvador. Nest built by both sexes, from small twigs, grass, dry leaves and moss,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Range encompasses a number of protected areas, including Palenque, Cañon del Sumidero and Cascadas de Agua Azú... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Yellow-winged Tanager (Tangara abbas). 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 27 May 2019).