Opal-crowned Tanager Tangara callophrys

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Amanda Ashwill, Kevin J. Burns, and Casey H. Richart


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Opal-crowned Tanager occurs in western Amazonia, in the countries of Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador (Isler and Isler 1987), more specifically, from southeastern Colombia south through eastern Ecuador and southeastern Peru, and in adjacent western Brazil (Isler and Isler 1987). Opal-crowned Tanager occurs mostly below 600 m in eastern Ecuador (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001), and in Bolivia, Naoki (2003) found it only from 100-400 m. In southern Peru, however, it may occur up to 950 m (Parker et al. 1996, Walker et al. 2006). The center of elevational abundance is in the lower tropical zone (Parker et al. 1996). This species occurs in the Zoogeographic Regions of Northern Amazonia and Southern Amazonia (Parker et al. 1996).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Opal-crowned Tanager occurs in tropical lowland evergreen forest (Parker et al. 1996). More specifically, Opal-crowned Tanager is found in both terra firma and varzea forest, forest edge, shaded plantations near forest, and sometimes in tall trees away from forest (Hilty and Brown 1986, Isler and Isler 1987, Hilty 2011). Overall, this species is uncommon and patchily distributed (Parker et al. 1996).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Ashwill, A., K. J. Burns, and C. H. Richart (2015). Opal-crowned Tanager (Tangara callophrys), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.opctan1.01