Golden-naped Tanager Tangara ruficervix

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


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

The Golden-naped Tanager is resident in the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. The species been recorded from 1100 m to 2400 m, but it is most frequent above 1500 m (Isler and Isler 1987, Parker et al. 1996, Restall et al. 2007a).Distribution in Peru of Golden-napedTanager. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006)

In Colombia, Golden-naped Tanager occurs in Colombia on both slopes of the west and central Andes and from Cundinamarca southward and also on the west slope of the Eastern Andes (Hilty and Brown 1986). This tanager occurs south along the west slope of the Andes to El Oro and western Loja, Ecuador (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a), and along the east slope of the Andes from Ecuador south to Santa Cruz, Bolivia (Hennessey et al. 2003).

There is no evidence that Golden-naped Tanager is migratory.

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to South America.


Parker et al. (1996) list the primary habitats of the Golden-naped Tanager as montane evergreen forest and secondary forest. It is found mostly in the canopy around the edges of tropical montane forests, and secondary growth (Isler and Isler 1987, Ridgely and Tudor 1989). They also inhabit isolated trees and bushes in cleared areas and fields (Isler and Isler 1987).

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

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.