Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Spot-bellied Tanager (Tangara atrocoerulea)


French: Calliste à nuque paille German: Opalnackentangare Spanish: Tangara azulinegra moteada

P[rocnopis]. atrocoerulea


, 1844,

Peru = Chilpes


See T. vassorii, with which hitherto considered conspecific; differs in its notable (if individually variable and loose-edged) cream nape (2); solid black mantle and back in both sexes (3); uneven but extensive black U-shaped spots on more silvery-blue underparts (the plain throat being notably paler) (2); turquoise-shot upper rump in female (ns[1]); slightly broader and more extensive blue fringes to flight-feathers and wing-coverts (ns[1]). Monotypic.


E slope in Peru (S from Huánuco) and Bolivia (S to W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 15–21 g. Beautiful high-elevation tanager with rather short bill and relatively short tail. Adult is mostly cobalt-blue, but has obviously paler and duller bluish... read more


Calls include high-pitched, thin “tsit” and “chip” notes, none very distinctive, during foraging.... read more


Humid and wet, often mossy montane forest (mainly cloud and elfin), forest edges, second growth and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit; also, in far smaller quantity, arthropods. Of 17 stomachs examined, 14 contained only vegetable matter and three contained both... read more


Nothing known.


Generally resident. Some seasonal elevational movements may occur.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common; seldom numerous. Occurs in a number of protected areas, among them Tingo María and Manu National Parks (... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Spot-bellied Tanager (Tangara atrocoerulea). 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 26 February 2020).