Beryl-spangled tanager

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Beryl-spangled tanager
Tangara nigroviridis.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Tangara
T. nigroviridis
Binomial name
Tangara nigroviridis
(Lafresnaye, 1843)

The beryl-spangled tanager (Tangara nigroviridis) is a small songbird of the northern Andes.


First described by Frédéric de Lafresnaye in 1843, the beryl-spangled tanager is one of dozens of tanager species in the genus Tangara.


It is a small songbird, measuring 13 cm (5.1 in) in length.[2] Its plumage is largely turquoise, though heavily marked with black spots and scales.[3] Its breast and belly are primarily black, with opalescent greenish spotting.[2]

Habitat and distribution[edit]

The beryl-spangled tanager is found on the eastern slopes of the Andes from Colombia through Ecuador and Peru to Bolivia.[2] In Ecuador, it is found at elevations ranging from 700–2,500 m (2,300–8,200 ft),[3] while in Peru it ranges somewhat higher – from 1,500–2,900 m (4,900–9,500 ft). It occurs in humid montane forest and second growth.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Tangara nigroviridis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Schulenberg, Thomas S.; Stotz, Douglas F.; Lane, Daniel F.; O'Neill, John P.; Parker III, Theodore A. (2007). Birds of Peru. Princeton NJ, US: Princeton University Press. p. 564. ISBN 978-0-691-13023-1.
  3. ^ a b Athanas, Nick; Greenfield, Paul J. (2016). Birds of Western Ecuador: A Photographic Guide. Princeton NJ, US: Princeton University Press. p. 378. ISBN 978-0-691-15780-1.
  • Robert Ridgely & Guy Tudor, Birds of South America Vol. 1 (Univ. Texas Press, 1989).