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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Black-bellied Tanager is a moderately high pitched series of "Chew-ee-chew, Chew-ee" notes that are repeated every 2 seconds, and is very similar to that of Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo (Isler and Isler 1987, Lane in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

The call is a single high pitched “chip” that is repeated every 1-7 s, and also is essentially identical to homologous calls of Silver-beaked Tanager.

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Black-bellied Tanager can be heard at Macaulay Library and xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.