Distribution in the Americas
Golden-eared Tanagers are resident along a narrow elevational band on the east slope of the Andes of southern Colombia, southward through Ecuador and Peru, and northwestern Bolivia (Remsen 1984, Isler and Isler 1999). It occurs from 900 to 1750 m (Parker et al. 1996), but most commonly between 1100 to 1700 m (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001). The center of abundance for this tanager is the upper tropical zone, within the zoogeographic regions of the Central and Northern Andes (Parker et al. 1996).
Distribution outside the Americas
Endemic to South America.
The primary habitat of the Golden-eared Tanager is Montane Evergreen Forest (Parker et al. 1996). They are regularly found in areas of wet and humid forest areas, as well as montane forests and forest edges (Hilty and Brown 1986, Isler and Isler 1999, Restall et al. 2007). The humid forests in which Golden-eared Tanagers reside are described as “mature, canopied, tall, often exceeding 30 m high” (Hilty and Brown 1986).