Brazilian Tanager Ramphocelus bresilius


Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The vocalizations of the Brazilian Tanager are generally of medium pitch and are of low complexity. Calls consist of a series of sharp “jip” sounds and can range from one to three per series. These calls are presumed to be used to warn others and are likely hostile in nature (Isler and Isler 1987). Songs are lower-pitched and more melodic. Dawn songs can be present in males and is usually sung around sunrise; however, the song’s purpose is still not clear (Isler and Isler 1987). This song consists of distinct phrases of “Chup chuh-wheeee” (Moynihan 1962). Groups of individuals can get together and produce rapid chattering (Sick 1993). Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of the Brazilian Tanager can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None recorded.

Recommended Citation

Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: