Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-bellied Mountain-tanager (Dubusia castaneoventris)


French: Tangara à ventre marron German: Orangebauch-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara ventricastaña

Calliste castaneoventris

P. L. Sclater

, 1851,



Birds from Auquimarca (Junín), in Peru, described as a geographical race, peruviana, but appear to differ little, if at all, from those in rest of species’ range. Treated as monotypic.


E slope of Andes in Peru (from SE La Libertad) S to Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 25–33 g. A small tanager, mainly dull blue above and rufous below, with small bill. Has crown medium sky-blue with slight frosty sheen (pale feather edges), bordered... read more


In general not a persistent singer. Song in Peru a clear, whistled “peee paay”; in Bolivia (... read more


Dense humid and wet montane forest, elfin woodland, thickets, and gaps and borders in broken... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods and berries. Normally found singly or in pairs, infrequently three or occasionally more individuals, alone or, more often, with... read more


No information.


Local or seasonal movements believed likely, although none reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Distributed along montane and tree-line Andean habitats from N Peru S to C Bolivia. Occurs in various protected areas, including Tingo... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Chestnut-bellied Mountain-tanager (Dubusia castaneoventris). 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 19 May 2019).