Silvery Tanager Tangara viridicollis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: M. Villalobos and Kevin J. Burns



Silvery Tanagers primarily forage in the canopy (Parker et al. 1996), but also visits lower strata (Isler and Isler 1987). Otherwise, little information on behavior is available.


There is little information on territoriality in the Silvery Tanager. It is possible that competition between closely related species might occur (Graves and Weske 1987). The species that are closely related to the Silvery Tanager (Sira Tanager T. phillipsi, Green-throated Tanager T. argyrofenges, and Black-capped Tanager T. heinei) are rarely found with one another. In one case, a single adult Silvery Tanager was netted with T. phillipsi in Cerros del Sira in Peru, but this bird was a possible wanderer (Graves and Weske 1987).

Sexual Behavior

No information.

Social and interspecific behavior

The Silvery Tanager can be found in either pairs or small groups of 3 to 5. Interspecific behavior includes traveling in mixed-species flocks (Isler and Isler 1987). Small flocks can have up to 20 individuals at a time or they may join a mixed species flock (Restall et al. 2007).


No information.

Recommended Citation

Villalobos, M. and K. J. Burns (2012). Silvery Tanager (Tangara viridicollis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.