Golden Tanager Tangara arthus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 9 subspecies
  • Authors: Jennifer Lauren Cameron and Kevin J. Burns


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Golden Tanager
eBird range map for Golden Tanager

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The Golden Tanager is found in the coastal mountains of Venezuela and the northern and central Andes from Venezuela south through Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to Bolivia (Ridgely and Tudor 1989, Parker et al. 1996). Distribution of the Golden Tanager in Peru. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006)The species is found from 700 to 2500 m, but is most common at an elevation of 1000 1500 m (Parker et al. 1996, Isler and Isler 1999).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to South America.


The Golden Tanager occurs in humid montane evergreen forest, and, less commonly, at forest borders and in adjacent second growth (Hilty and Brown 1986, Isler and Isler 1999, Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

Recommended Citation

Cameron, J. L. and K. J. Burns (2010). Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.