email a friend
printable version
Blue-whiskered Tanager Tangara johannae
BirdLife is updating this factsheet for the 2016 Red List
Please email us with any relevant information

This rare and local species is suspected to be declining moderately rapidly owing to the loss of forest habitats within the Chocó region. It is therefore listed as Near Threatened.

Taxonomic source(s)
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: #

Distribution and population
Tangara johannae is rare to locally fairly common in the Pacific lowlands, from north Antioquia, Colombia, south through north-west Ecuador to Los Ríos (Ridgely and Tudor 1989, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001). It has been described as the least numerous Pacific lowland Tangara (Hilty and Brown 1986) but it is common in several areas in Nariño, Colombia (Salaman 1994, P. G. W. Salaman in litt. 1999).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'uncommon' (Stotz et al. 1996).

Trend justification
Slow to moderate declines are likely to be occurring, owing to rapid and on-going habitat destruction and degradation throughout this species's range. However, precise data on the magnitude of these declines are lacking.

This species occurs at the borders of wet forest and secondary woodland in coastal lowlands and foothills to 1,000 m (Hilty and Brown 1986), but very rare above 800 m (P. G. W. Salaman in litt. 1999).

The Chocó forests inhabited by this species are threatened by rapid and ongoing deforestation, largely as a result of intensive logging, human settlement, cattle-grazing, mining and coca and palm cultivation, with destruction most severe in its lowland habitats (Stattersfield et al. 1998).

Conservation Actions Underway
Conservation Actions Proposed
Repeat surveys of known sites in order to determine rates of population decline and range contraction. Conduct ecological studies to determine precise habitat requirements and tolerance of habitat degradation or fragmentation. Effectively protect significant areas of suitable forest at key sites, in both strictly protected areas and community led multiple use areas.

Hilty, S. L.; Brown, W. L. 1986. A guide to the birds of Colombia. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Ridgely, R. S.; Greenfield, P. J. 2001. The birds of Ecuador: status, distribution and taxonomy. Cornell University Press and Christopher Helm, Ithaca and London.

Ridgely, R. S.; Tudor, G. 1989. The birds of South America. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas.

Salaman, P. G. W. 1994. Surveys and conservation of biodiversity in the Chocó, south-west Colombia. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Stattersfield, A. J.; Crosby, M. J.; Long, A. J.; Wege, D. C. 1998. Endemic bird areas of the world: priorities for bird conservation. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Further web sources of information
Explore HBW Alive for further information on this species

Search for photos and videos, and hear sounds of this species from the Internet Bird Collection

Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Gilroy, J., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J

Salaman, P.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Tangara johannae. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife

To contribute to discussions on the evaluation of the IUCN Red List status of Globally Threatened Birds, please visit BirdLife's Globally Threatened Bird Forums.

Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Thraupidae (Tanagers)
Species name author (Dalmas, 1900)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 68,300 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Additional Information on this species