Golden-naped Tanager Tangara ruficervix

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
  • Authors: Laura Porturas and Kevin J. Burns



Locomotion - The Golden-naped Tanager is reportedly very quick in their movements (Murray 1970).

Foraging - When foraging for arthropods, primarily sallies from the canopy. When feeding on fruit, primarily gleans (Naoki 2003).  See Food for more details of the foraging behavior.


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Sexual Behavior

In captivity Golden-naped Tanagers are described as being "extremely belligerent"(Murray 1970) when finding mates and interactions can be violent. The fighting only takes place within the species. In captivity, the Golden-naped Tanager is described as relatively peaceful outside of the breeding season (Murray 1970).

Social and interspecific behavior

Golden-naped Tanager most often is found in pairs or in small groups, and like many other tanagers, it can also be found in large mixed-species flocks (Isler and Isler 1987, Naoki 2003). A study by Bohórquez (2003) in southwestern Colombia showed that there are usually only one or two Golden-naped Tanagers in a flock (the mean number of individuals was 1.25). On average, six other species were found in flocks with Golden-naped Tanagers.


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Recommended Citation

Porturas, L. and K. J. Burns (2012). Golden-naped Tanager (Tangara ruficervix), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.