Behavior of Green-headed Tanager is described as active, with birds hopping from branch to branch and flying from tree to tree (Isler and Isler 1987). Primary foraging strata is canopy (Parker et al. 1996), but will also forage at midheights (Isler and Isler 1987). Fruits are obtained while perched and reaching out. Sometimes fruit is swallowed whole, but often manipulated with the bill (Foster, cited in Isler and Isler 1987). Insect foraging described as active, acrobatic, and using a variety of positions (Isler and Isler 1987). The typical substrates searched are slender to medium sized branches, but the Green-headed Tanager also searches leaves, bark, lichens, crevices, and epiphytes (Isler and Isler 1987, Ridgely and Tudor 1989).