Golden-eared Tanager Tangara chrysotis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Ingrid Nogueda and Kevin J. Burns


Conservation Status

The Golden-eared Tanager has an estimated breeding and resident range of 99,800 km2 (BirdLife International 2011), thus the range size is larger than the threshold necessary for a classification as Vulnerable. This species is considered to be uncommon within its range (Parker et al. 1996). Although the population size is unknown, it is suspected to be decreasing due to habitat destruction (BirdLife International 2011). This decrease in population is not sufficiently rapid, however, to meet BirdLife International’s threshold for a Vulnerable classification. Parker et al. (1996) considered T. chrysotis to have a "medium" degree of sensitivity to human disturbance relative to other Neotropical birds.

Effects of human activity on populations

Habitat destruction due to deforestation is a suspected factor in the population decrease in the Golden-eared Tanager (BirdLife International 2011). Thus, conservation of the narrow elevational band of habitat in which this species resides is essential for its preservation.

Recommended Citation

Nogueda, I. and K. J. Burns (2012). Golden-eared Tanager (Tangara chrysotis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.