Distribution in the Americas
The Beryl-spangled Tanager occurs in the mountains of Venezulea, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. 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).