Turquoise Tanager Tangara mexicana

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Jennifer Hart and Kevin J. Burns


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Turquoise Tanagers is resident from eastern Colombia east to Trinidad, the Guianas, and northwestern Brazil, and south to Bolivia and western and central Brazil. There also is a distinctive population (brasiliensis) in the Atlantic forest region of Brazil widely separated geographically from other populations of the species. The elevational distribution is from the lowlands up to 1000 m (Parker et al. 1996), although brasiliensis is restricted to lower elevations (Parker et al. 1996).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas


The Turquoise Tanager is most common in semi-open habitats, such as forest edge, forest clearings with scattered trees, tall second growth, flooded forest, river island forest, and parks and gardens (Isler and Isler 1999, Hilty 2003).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Hart, J. and K. J. Burns (2011). Turquoise Tanager (Tangara mexicana), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.turtan1.01