Beryl-spangled Tanager Tangara nigroviridis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Dalia Ruiz Ruiz and Kevin J. Burns


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Beryl-spangled Tanager
eBird range map for Beryl-spangled Tanager

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The Beryl-spangled Tanager occurs in the mountains of Venezulea, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Distribution in Peru of Tangara nigroviridis. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006) Beryl-spangled Tanager inhabits elevations from 900-3000 m, but more often is found at elevations of 1400-2600 m (Restall et al. 2007a). For descriptions of the geographic distributions of each subspecies, see Geographic Variation.

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to South America.


The primary habitat of the Beryl-spangled Tanager is montane evergreen forest; it also occurs in secondary forest (Parker et al. 1996). More specifically, this species occurs in humid and wet mountain forest, edges, shrubby second-growth woodland, clearings with large trees, and overgrown areas (Hilty 2003, Restall et al 2007). Because fruiting melastrome trees are abundant in shrubby edges and light woodland, Beryl-spangled Tanagers tend to be numerous in these habitats (Hilty 2003).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Ruiz, D. R. and K. J. Burns (2012). Beryl-spangled Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.