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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

Diet and Foraging


The primary diet of Blue-and-gold Tanager is a variety of fruits and arthropods, and it has been observed to pluck flowers and squeeze out nectar. Additionally, Bangsia arcaei has been seen eating cockroaches, ant queens, and spiders (Hilty 2011).

Foraging Behavior

In Costa Rica, it has been observed to forage in the canopy, typically in lower isolated trees. 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).

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.