The diet of Seven-colored Tanager is not known in much detail, but these tanagers have been observed feeding on the melastome berries of the arboreal Miconia spp. as well as Cecropia catkins and Müllerian bodies at the base of the leaves (Silveira et al. 2003a). In addition, they search dead leaves hanging from branches, possibly for insects (Silveira et al. 2003a). It appears that prefers the melastome berries and are usually found where the berries are in greater abundance (Silveira et al. 2003a). Stomach contents of one individual showed vegetable matter (Isler and Isler 1987).