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Chlorospingus tacarcunae

Tacarcuna Chlorospingus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Emberizidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Avendaño, Jorge Enrique

Chlorospingus tacarcunae

Cerro Azul, Panama; 6 June 2009 © Bjorn Anderson (more images on

This species of chlorospingus has a very restricted distribution in eastern Panama and immediately adjacent Colombia. Tacarcuna Chlorospingus takes its name from Cerro Tacarcuna, which straddles the border between Panama and Colombia; this is the only locality at which this species occurs in South America, but it occurs west, very locally, to central Panama. As is typical of the genus, this chlorospingus occupies humid montane forests, generally between 800 and 1500 m, and inhabits mainly the lower and middle strata in cloud forest. Also like other species of chlorospingus, this species typically is found in small flocks, which frequently mix with those of other species. Principally yellow below and olive above and on the head, Tacarcuna Chlorospingus has conspicuously irides, which should immediately distinguish the species.

Recommended Citation

Avendaño, Jorge Enrique. 2016. Tacarcuna Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus tacarcunae), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern