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Spotted Tanager Ixothraupis punctata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Aileen Pansacula and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The most frequently heard vocalization of the Spotted Tanager is a high-pitched and rather dry chip, which often is repeated rapidly in a staccato manner before shifting into "an evenly pitched, chipping trill" (Isler and Isler 1987). This trill sometimes has a soft whistled quality in recordings from Bolivia (Isler andd Isler 1987). This trill, which lasts for 1-2 s, may trail off slightly at the end (Isler and Isler 1987).

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

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Pansacula, A. and K. J. Burns (2012). Spotted Tanager (Ixothraupis punctata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.