Blue-whiskered Tanager Tangara johannae


Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The Blue-whiskered Tanager is known to let out a buzzy, shrill-like call during foraging, described as a “tzzeee” (Hilty 2011). Similar-sounding to a car’s squeaky brake, but lasting only for an instant rather than a long duration. The call is also upslurred (rising in inflection) although this happens very quickly due to the short duration of the note. Unfortunately, there is little information on this species’ song.

Its call can be heard here and here in short clips courtesy of xenocanto.

Recommended Citation

Blue-whiskered Tanager (Tangara johannae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: