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Plain-colored Tanager Tangara inornata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Yenice Zapata and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Call notes of the Plain-colored Tanager are high-pitched tsit, tseep and sip notes, given so rapidly that individual notes can barely be distinguished (Isler and Isler 1987). Calls often sound like a moderate-pitched kissing note, and individuals deliver a tsrr when flying off (Isler and Isler 1987). In addition, it utters a low trebled tst when feeding (Hilty and Brown 1986). The Plain-colored Tanager’s long song is given primarily at dawn and consists of high thin whistles and short clear cut notes: tseee tsp tsp tsee tsp tseee tseee tsp tsp tsp (Stiles and Skutch 1989). The song of about 15 notes is delivered in about 2.5 sec with pauses of equal duration (Isler and Isler 1987).

Recordings of both songs and call notes are available at Macaulay Library and xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

Not reported.

Recommended Citation

Zapata, Y. and K. J. Burns (2011). Plain-colored Tanager (Tangara inornata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.