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Emerald Tanager Tangara florida

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Bertrand Clark Austin and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The Emerald Tanager has a limited vocal range. The most frequently heard vocalizations are calls, ranging from a sharp tsit to a raspy, penetrating, moderate to high pitched jree or dzreee (Isler and Isler 1987). Calls of Emerald Tanagers are described as burrier than those of Golden (Tangara arthus) or Silver-throated (Tangara icterocephala) tanagers (Hilty and Brown 1986). Calls are repeated randomly or sometimes accelerated as a twitter, possibly when interacting aggressively (Isler and Isler 1987). Probable song involves burry high zeeeeee notes repeated regularly with 3 s pauses, lasting 2-3 minutes (Isler and Isler 1987).

Recordings of vocalizations can be heard at Macaulay Library and xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Austin, B. C. and K. J. Burns (2011). Emerald Tanager (Tangara florida), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.