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Blue-and-gold Tanager Bangsia arcaei

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Said Hofiani, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Blue-and-gold Tanager has been described as a series of sharp ti-sick-ti-sick-ti-sick or chit chit ti-sick-ti-sick-ti-sick notes at an interval of 2-3 seconds each time (Isler and Isler 1987). In Costa Rica, the call is a high piercing tsee-eet sound, which can also be heard in a shorten version such as tsee. Blue-and-gold Tanager also utters sounds such as sip or tit. Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Blue-and-gold Tanager can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

Nonvocal sounds have not been noted.

Recommended Citation

Hofiani, S., C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2015). Blue-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia arcaei), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.