Yellow-bellied Tanager Ixothraupis xanthogastra

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Stacey Virtue and Kevin J. Burns


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Yellow-bellied Tanager
eBird range map for Yellow-bellied Tanager

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Yellow-bellied Tanagers are resident in northern and western South America, east of the Andes. The most widespread subspecies, nominate xanthogastra, occurs from eastern Colombia east to Guyana, and south through eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru and western Brazil to Bolivia.Distribution in Peru of Yellow-bellied Tanager. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles: sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006) Subspecies xanthogastra occurs in the lowlands and on the lower slopes of the Andes, up to 750 m in Venezuela (Hilty 2003), to at least 600 m ("probably higher") in Colombia (Hilty and Brown 1986), mostly below 1100 m in Ecuador (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b), to 1500 m in Peru (Walker et al. 2006, Schulenberg et al. 2007), and to 1400 m in Bolivia (Hennessey et al. 2003).

Subspecies phelpsi is restricted to restricted to the tepui mountains of southern Venezuela in Bolívar and Amazonas, and in adjacent Brazil (Mount Uei-tepui), where it occurs at ca 1000-1800 m (that is, above the distribution of nominate xanthogastra).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Throughout most if its range, Yellow-bellied Tanager (nominate xanthogastra) occurs in humid lowland forests, forests borders, and second growth woodlands (Hilty and Brown 1986, Isler and Isler 1987, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b, Schulenberg et al. 2007). Subspecies phelpsi, of the tepuis of Venezuela and adjacent Brazil, occupies humid montane forest (Isler and Isler 1987); at one site (Sieera de Lema), the habitat is described as "mossy, melastome-dominated second growth on sandy soils" (Hilty 2003).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Virtue, S. and K. J. Burns (2012). Yellow-bellied Tanager (Ixothraupis xanthogastra), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.