Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Buff-bellied Tanager (Thlypopsis inornata)


French: Tangara à ventre roux German: Braunbauchtangare Spanish: Tangara sencilla

Nemosia inornata


, 1879,

Tambillo, Cajamarca, Peru


Confirmed by recent molecular study to be closest to T. sordida#R. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Ecuador (extreme upper R Marañón drainage near Zumba, in S Zamora-Chinchipe) and NC Peru (middle and upper R Marañón and upper R Huallaga/R Utcubamba, in W Amazonas and Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 14–17 g. Rather plain thin-billed tanager with rufous cap. Male has crown and nape rich dark cinnamon-rufous, ­contrasting with uniformly olive-grey upper... read more


Dawn song a thin, high “ti, sit, seet seet, suueet suueet, seet seet seet, sit sit” or... read more


Dry, shrubby semi-arid second growth, light canopy of dry forest, dry scrub and brush along rivers... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly small arthropods. Occurs in pairs and in small family groups. Forages at various heights, often quite near ground, and ranges out... read more


No information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Marañón Valley EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Utilizes dry woodland and secondary and degraded... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Buff-bellied Tanager (Thlypopsis inornata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 February 2020).