Neotropical Birds logo
Version 1.0

This is a historic version of this account.  Current version


Green-and-gold Tanager Tangara schrankii

Galo Buitrón-Jurado
Version: 1.0 — Published September 13, 2018


Welcome to Birds of the World!

You are currently viewing one of the free accounts available in our complimentary tour of Birds of the World. In this courtesy review, you can access all the life history articles and the multimedia galleries associated with this account.

For complete access to all accounts, a subscription is required.

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign in

There is little information on the breeding biology of Green-and-gold Tanager. Four nests are reported from southeastern Peru, from late July to October (Marra 1990, Van Houtan and Alvarez-Loayza 2006). These nests were open cups and located in the forest understory, 1-3 m above the ground. Three nests were composed of dried leaves, rootlets and lichens (Marra 1990), and another of rootlets (Van Houtan and Alvarez-Loayza 2006). In this sense, the nest of Green-and-gold Tanager differs of other Tangara species, due to the absence of moss (Marra 1990). Reported nest dimensions are 4.8-10.2 cm x 7.0-12.2 cm (outer width x outer depth) and 6.0 x 4.3-6.6 cm (cup width x cup depth) (Marra 1990, Van Houtan and Alvarez-Loayza 2006). The clutch is two eggs, with dimensions of 23 x 15 mm, and are pale reddish brown with dark red marks. A nestling in one nest disappeared, in an apparent act of predation; a female relaid a fresh clutch in the same nest 14 days later ( Van Houtan and Alvarez-Loayza 2006). The incubation period for this second nesting attempt was 15-17 days, but time to fledging for these nestlings was not documented (Van Houtan and Alvarez-Loayza 2006). A male was not observed to provision these nestlings or contribute to incubation. Food items fed the the nestlings were a mix fruits and arthropods; the main items were Cecropia tessmanii, Palicourea officinalis, and Orchidaceae as well as spiders, Lepidoptera, and Hemiptera (Van Houtan and Alvarez-Loayza 2006).

Recommended Citation

Buitrón-Jurado, G. (2018). Green-and-gold Tanager (Tangara schrankii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.gagtan2.01