Seven-colored Tanager has been observed primarily foraging on melastome berries and foraging for arthropods in dead leaves hanging from branches (Silveira et al. 2003a). They have been observed foraging at all heights, perhaps most often in the canopy (Parker et al. 1996), but also are seen frequently at low heights along borders and in trees in small clearings (Ridgely and Tudor 2009). Its general foraging behavior involves hopping along branches and peering under them (Ridgely and Tudor 2009).