Yellow-bellied Tanager Ixothraupis xanthogastra

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

Diet and Foraging


Observed eating melastone fruit, Cecropia catkins and mistletoe, as well as insects. Stomach contents (summarize in Isler and Isler 1987) included vegetable (n = 9) and animal matter (n = 4). Contents included fruit and caterpillars (Isler and Isler 1987). In Bolivia, Naoki (2003) recorded 83 foraging observations, about half involved arthropods and about half involved fruit. Fruit foraging involved mostly (ca 75%) the genus Miconia, but also included the following genera: Guettarda (4.3%), Hedyosmum (2.9%), Lasiacis (1.4%), Psychotria (2.9%), and Rubus (1.4%).

Foraging Behavior

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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.