Black-bellied Tanager Ramphocelus melanogaster

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Josh Wauer, Erik R. Funk, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns

Diet and Foraging


The foraging habits of Black-bellied Tanager have not been studied in detail, but it is believed that their foraging habits are very similar to those of the closely related Silver-beaked Tanager R. carbo (Hilty 2011), which consumes a mixture of insects, fruit, and flowers (Snow and Snow 1971, Isler and Isler 1987). Parker et al. (1996) describes their foraging strata as understory/midstory.

Foraging Behavior

Foraging behavior of Black-bellied Tanager is not described in any detail, but no doubt is similar to that of the closely related Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo), which typically forages within a few m of the ground; arthropods primarily are gleaned from foliage, and it also consumes a wide variety of fruits, especially melastomes (Snow and Snow 1971, Isler and Isler 1987).

Recommended Citation

Wauer, J., E. R. Funk, C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2017). Black-bellied Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.