Opal-rumped Tanager Tangara velia

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Evan Lerman and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Like many Tangara species, Opal-rumped Tanagers are not known for their song but they do have a distinctive call.  Three kinds of vocalizations have been described in the literature. Common foraging calls are described as a series of rapid high pitched, thin, sit or siz notes repeated in bursts of two or three to form a series of six or more notes. The song is described as a weaker sequence of tiz notes that quickly rise and fall in pitch, e.g. tiz-tiz-tiz-ti’ti-ti-E’E-ti-ti-ti-tiz (Hilty 2003). A high-pitched twittering noise has also been observed during flight (Restall et al. 2007).

Additional recordings of vocalizations of the Opal-rumped Tanager can be heard at the Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Lerman, E. and K. J. Burns (2012). Opal-rumped Tanager (Tangara velia), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.oprtan1.01