Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Huallaga Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster)


French: Tangara du Huallaga German: Schwarzbauchtangare Spanish: Tangara del Huallaga
Other common names: Black-bellied Tanager

Rhamphopis melanogaster


, 1838,

Moyobamba, San Martín, Peru


Geographical replacement of R. carbo, with very slight range overlap in Marañón drainage (no known overlap in Huallaga Valley), and some evidence of intergradation; levels of divergence between the two (1.1%) are lower than those generally found for other species in genus (2.4–4.0%). Races differ minimally. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. m. melanogaster (Swainson, 1838) – N Peru in San Martín and Huánuco (to confluence of R Huayabamba and R Huallaga) S to NW Ucayali (R Ucayali).
  • R. m. transitus J. T. Zimmer, 1929 – EC Peru (E slope drainage) in upper Huallaga and Chinchao Valleys.
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; one male 25 g. Male nominate race has lustrous dark crimson head, becoming deep black on mantle and back, bright red lower back to uppertail-coverts; upperwing and... read more


    Day song a short, fairly musical series of repeated phrases, similar to that of R. carbo.... read more


    Forest edge, shrubby clearings, second growth, river borders, cultivated areas and gardens, often... read more

    Food and feeding

    Few data. Diet and foraging behaviour apparently much as for R. carbo. Occurs in small flocks of 6–8 individuals.


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Huallaga Valley Secondary Area. Locally common. Found in a few protected areas, including Río Abiseo (in San... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Huallaga Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster). 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 20 February 2020).