Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Nikki L. Berneberg and Kevin J. Burns



Locomotion: The general behavior of this tanager is very active and restless (Isler and Isler 1987). High-energy groups rarely stay in one area for very long (Hilty 2003).

Foraging: The Paradise Tanager usually forages in the upper canopy by hopping along bare branches, and every so often looking underneath to glean for insects. At times they will also peer into bromeliads and nearby foliage (Isler and Isler 1987).  When foraging for arthropods, the Paradise Tanager uses a variety of attack maneuvers including: glean (31%), reach-down (27%), hang-down (14%), and several others (Naoki 2003).  Arthropods are primarily searched for on bare branches (87%), but occasionally other substrates are searched including leaves, partially moss covered branches, and air.  When foraging for fruits, gleaning is the primary foraging mode, making up 72% of observations (Naoki 2003).


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Sexual Behavior

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Social and interspecific behavior

The Paradise Tanager is highly gregarious. It usually is found in groups of 5-10 individuals (rarely up to 20 individuals), and they sometimes appear in multi-species foraging groups (Isler and Isler 1987, Hilty 2003). Frequently associates with Green-and-gold Tanagers (T. schrankii) and honeycreepers (Hilty and Brown 1986, Hilty 2003). Flocks in Venezuela have shown some seasonality: larger flocks are seen in December-April, and very few to none in June, when they probably are nesting (Hilty 2003).


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Recommended Citation

Berneberg, N. L. and K. J. Burns (2011). Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.