Golden Tanager Tangara aurulenta
(aka Tangara arthus)
Golden Tanager, Otun-Quimbaya, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Otún-Quimbaya, Risaralda, Colombia and Refugio Paz de las Aves, Ecuador

The Golden Tanager is distributed in the Andes from northern Venezuela to western Bolivia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in forest and forest borders at between 900 and 2,000 metres.

Golden Tanager, Refugio Paz de las Aves, Ecuador, November 2019 - click for larger image There are about 8 sub-species with varying plumage on the underparts. Photo 1 is the sub-species T. a. occidentalis while photo 2 is the sub-species T. a. goodsoni. Another species, Chestnut-breasted Tanager T. arthus has been split from this species by the HBW and Birdlife International checklist on the basis of plumage differences.

It feeds mainly on fruit but also on arthropods.

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