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Blue-and-gold Tanager Bangsia arcaei

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Said Hofiani, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns



Blue-and-gold Tanager alternates periods of sluggishness with abrupt flights. When searching for food, it rapidly hops along mossy branches and epiphytes, sometimes pausing to peer and peck at flowers, and reaches well below its perch to take small fruits (Isler and Isler 1987).


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Sexual Behavior

Bangsia arcaei was observed perching in a vertical position with its head tipped back and tail pointed straight down while singing (Ridgely and Gwynne 1989).

Social and interspecific behavior

It is unusual to see the Blue-and-gold Tanager alone. They are usually found in pairs or in small groups, and are occasionally observed in mixed-species flocks with other tanagers (Ridgely and Gwynne 1989).


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Recommended Citation

Hofiani, S., C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2015). Blue-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia arcaei), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.