Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas


Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Call notes of the male Yellow-winged Tanager are given from perch or in flight and consist of thin, strained, high-pitched “weeets” or “sseeu” that are sometimes upward-inflected. Other squeaky call notes have also been heard (Isler and Isler 1987). Their song often contains 1 or 2 introductory notes, “shee iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiir”, and is described as being slightly reedy with a descending trill. The song may also be preceded by 1 or 2 rough notes (Hilty 2011) Songs have also been described as a 2-4 second "che-che-che-che" that is mostly flat trill, predominately high-pitched, and preceded by a single call note (Isler and Isler 1987). The same series is often repeated after intervals of 3-5 seconds (Isler and Isler 1987). Their voice has been reported to sound like a series of sparrow-like chirps, particularly similar to the Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) or the Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (Sutton et al. 1950, Davis 1972, Peterson and Chalif 1973).

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

Recommended Citation

Yellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: