Golden-eared Tanager Tangara chrysotis

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


Geographic Variation

The Golden-eared Tanager is monotypic (Storer 1970).

Related Species

The Golden-eared Tanager is classified in the genus Tangara, the largest genus of Neotropical birds. Isler and Isler (1999) arranged species in the genus into 13 species groups based on range, physical appearance, behaviors, and nest site. Of these 13 species groups, the Golden-eared Tanager is part of Species Group 5. This is a large group, which includes seven other species (Emerald Tanager T. florida, Blue-whiskered Tanager T. johannae, Green-and-gold Tanager T. schrankii, Golden Tanager T. arthus, Silver-throated Tanager T. icterocephala, Saffron-crowned Tanager T. xanthocephala, and Flame-faced Tanager T. parzudakii). With the exception of T. parzudakii, striped backs characterize Species Group 5. The nests of these tanagers usually are placed on mossy limbs or hidden within the moss itself (Isler and Isler 1999). Phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences confirms the monophyly of Species Group 5 (Burns and Naoki 2004, Sedano and Burns 2010). Within group 5, these molecular studies show that the Golden-eared Tanager is the sister species to the clade containing the rest of the members of group 5.

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.