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Golden-hooded Tanager Tangara larvata

Makenzie Mabry and Kevin J. Burns
Version: 1.0 — Published October 5, 2010



Locomotion: The Golden-hooded Tanager is described as active and restless as it hops and flits among branches and leaves, cocking its head and peering around (Isler and Isler 1999).

Foraging: The Golden-hooded Tanager forages at middle or lower heights in nonforest habitats. To feed on fruit, it hangs on large fruit while removing pieces of it, and when viewed eating berries, they are usually perched on branches or twigs. The Golden-hooded Tanager often forages for arthropods with aerial sallies; the second most frequent substrate for arthropod foraging is bare branches, followed by live leaves and flower buds (Naoki 2003). 


Golden-hooded Tanagers have been observed chasing one another for 15 to 30 min, while continually repeating ticking noises. Suddenly, the birds fly off in pairs in two different directions (Skutch and Gardner 1989).

Sexual Behavior

Little information. Golden-hooded Tanagers almost always are found in pairs (Skutch 1954).

Social and interspecific behavior

The Golden-hooded Tanager travels in pairs or small family groups; it also occasionally joins mixed-species flocks (Ridgely and Gwynne 1989, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Howell and Webb 1995) or joins aggregations of birds at fruiting trees (Isler and Isler 1999).

Usually roosts in pairs or small family groups, but Skutch (1954) observed up to 11 sleeping along a single branch in one tree, with 6 individuals present in an adjacent tree; and the following night he found as many as 17 tanagers in these two trees.


Skutch (1954) observed a soaring Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) snatch and carry away a Golden-hooded Tanager nest, containing two nestlings.

Recommended Citation

Mabry, M. and K. J. Burns (2010). Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.gohtan1.01