Green-throated Tanager Tangara argyrofenges

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


Conservation Status

Green-throated Tanager is listed as a Vulnerable species under the IUCN Redlist for Endangered Species with a global range of 35,700 km2 (Birdlife International 2014). This classification is due largely to projected changes in their native region. According to these projections, this species is likely to lose 35.8-37.7% of its suitable habitat within its next three generations, leading to greater than 30% decline in population numbers (Birdlife International 2014). Tangara argyrofenges are already sparsely present throughout their range, providing concern for the long-term sustainability of T. argyrofenges populations (Parker et al. 1996, Hilty 2011). These birds are considered rare in Ecuador and uncommon in Peru, though they may occur in Podocarpus National Park (Ecuador), Madidi National Park (Peru) and possibly Isiboro Secure and Amboro National Parks (Bolivia) (Hilty 2011). The leading cause for the growing concern of habitat loss in their region is deforestation (Bird et al. 2011).

Effects of human activity on populations

Human-caused deforestation is the leading conservation concern for Green-throated Tanager (Bird et al. 2011). While this deforestation is not an immediate threat to the species, modeled projections suggest an increasing threat to the species if trends continue in their current fashion (Birdlife International 2014). Therefore, it is listed as having a "medium" degree of sensitivity to human disturbances (Parker et al. 1996).

Recommended Citation

Andrews, C., K. J. Burns, and C. H. Richart (2015). Green-throated Tanager (Tangara argyrofenges), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.