Golden Tanager

Tangara arthus

The Golden Tanager, a small member of the Thraupidae family, can be found in the Andean foothills and subtropical regions ranging from Venezuela to Bolivia. The species has a mostly bright golden-yellow plumage with a black ear patch, streaked back, and mostly black wings and tail.

Depending on the population, there may be slight variations, with northern individuals exhibiting a chestnut breast band and flanks. Both males and females have similar appearances, while younger birds have less vivid yellow coloring. The Golden Tanager is commonly found in mixed flocks from approximately 900 to 2,200 meters, inhabiting cloud forests, edges, and gardens. This species can be observed during our bird photography trips in Manu National Park in Peru and Chocó Andino in Ecuador.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo