Golden Tanager Tangara arthus

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

Diet and Foraging


Main food taken: The Golden Tanager eats the succulent fruits of trees and shrubs as well as insects, making it an omnivore. The Golden Tanager prefers arthropods and spends more than half of its foraging time searching for them (Naoki 2003b). Insects typically are sought on the upper side of branches (Isler and Isler 1999). Because of the cryptic coloration of arthropods, time spent foraging is less successful than when foraging for fruit (Naoki 2003b). Fruit foraging is much more efficient because the plants sought are designed to attract animal dispersers such as the Golden Tanager. The fruits on such plants are distinctive in shape and coloration and catch the attention of many animals (Naoki 2003b).

Foraging Behavior

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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.