The primary diet of White-banded Tanager consists of insects and other arthropods. Additionally, they eat small fruits, such as of Annona, Miconia, Eugenia, Palicourea, Casearia, and Byrsonima. In Brazil, family groups forage for nectar in Pseudobombas-like blossoms (Hilty 2011). In a small sample of stomachs (n = 7), 6 of the examined species contained animal matter (ants, beetles, spiders, land snails), and the remaining stomach contained seeds (Schubart et al. 1965, Isler and Isler 1987).