Favors pulpy fruits, especially pitangus berries, Eugenia species (Descourtilz, 1852 cited in Isler and Isler 1987). When the stomach contents of four individuals were analyzed two contained vegetable matter, two contained animal matter, and one had both (Isler and Isler 1987). Specific contents included fruit pulp, seeds, insects, and small quantities of white sand (Isler and Isler 1987). Gomes et al. (2008) also suggests that the Brazilian Tanager, along with other seed/fruit eating birds, assist in the germination and distribution of plant species.