Silver-throated Tanager Tangara icterocephala

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Ashley Lane-Roberts and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Call notes of the Silver-throated Tanager are buzzy and insect-like (Skutch 1954, Isler and Isler 1987). Three types of calls are described by Isler and Isler (1999). While foraging and in flight, the Silver-throated Tanager frequently utters a distinctive, harsh, buzzy, flat, moderately-pitched "jjeut," or a high-pitched, insectlike "bzeeet," which is slightly upward-inflected. These notes can be uttered during foraging or in flight (Isler and Isler 1987). In addition, the birds use a high-pitched "tic." Although songs are not described in the literature, recordings of both songs and call notes are available at Macaulay Library and xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Lane-Roberts, A. and K. J. Burns (2010). Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.