Green-headed Tanager Tangara seledon

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Jenelle Agpaoa and Kevin J. Burns



Behavior of Green-headed Tanager is described as active, with birds hopping from branch to branch and flying from tree to tree (Isler and Isler 1987). Primary foraging strata is canopy (Parker et al. 1996), but will also forage at midheights (Isler and Isler 1987). Fruits are obtained while perched and reaching out. Sometimes fruit is swallowed whole, but often manipulated with the bill (Foster, cited in Isler and Isler 1987). Insect foraging described as active, acrobatic, and using a variety of positions (Isler and Isler 1987). The typical substrates searched are slender to medium sized branches, but the Green-headed Tanager also searches leaves, bark, lichens, crevices, and epiphytes (Isler and Isler 1987, Ridgely and Tudor 1989).


Little information is known on territoriality, but males will be protective of their nestlings by standing guard nearby while the females feed the young (Isler and Isler 1987).

Social and interspecific behavior

The Green-headed Tanager typically associates with other individuals of its species. It is usually encounted in family groups and larger flocks of about 6-12 individuals, occasionally up to 20 individuals (Isler and Isler 1987). The flocks can be observed as single-species flocks or mixed with other tanagers (Isler and Isler 1987, Ridgely and Tudor 2009). For example, this species usually associates with Red-necked Tanager (T. cyanocephala), Tachyphonus spp., and Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana) (Sick 1993).

Recommended Citation

Agpaoa, J. and K. J. Burns (2012). Green-headed Tanager (Tangara seledon), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.