Brassy-breasted Tanager Tangara desmaresti

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Megan Morris and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Vocalizations of the Brassy-breasted Tanager are similar to the closely related Gilt-edged Tanager Tangara cyanoventris (Isler and Isler 1987). The call notes of the Brassy-breasted Tanager are described by Isler and Isler (1987) as a high-pitched, drawn-out tseee or high-pitched, short tsit. The sharp tsit may be repeated rapidly in song, as TSEEeh, tsi, tsi, tsirrr, tseep (Sick 1993). Calls of the Brassy-breasted Tanager also are described as a very high-pitched feefee-wi, and the song as an extremely high pitched iiiiiiiii (van Perlo 2009). The Brassy-breasted Tanager produces a moderately-pitched, rough-sounding chittering noise while present in groups (Isler and Isler 1987).

Recordings of vocalizations of the Brassy-breasted Tanager can be heard at the Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Morris, M. and K. J. Burns (2012). Brassy-breasted Tanager (Tangara desmaresti), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.