Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-bellied Tanager (Tangara flava)


French: Calliste à cravate German: Parátangare Spanish: Tangara isabel sureña

Tanagra flava

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

north-eastern Brazil = Ceará


See T. argentea. Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. cayana, but differs in its black throat, central breast and central belly (3); rich tan vs blue-grey-tinged buffy flanks (2); and paler tan crown and darker burnished-buff mantle and back, producing far less contrast between the two (2); female, conversely, less strongly defined than female T. cayana, with a duller, dirtier rufous crown and a much weaker dark “face”. Race huberi apparently intermediate but may represent a hybrid or hybrid population, and need not be considered an obstacle to the separation of the very distinct present species, to which huberi is here tentatively assigned. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. huberi (Hellmayr, 1910) – Marajó I (NE Pará), in N Brazil.
  • T. f. flava (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – NE Brazil (EC Pará; C Maranhão and N Ceará S to N Goiás and S Bahia).
  • T. f. sincipitalis (Berlepsch, 1907) – Goiás (except N), in EC Brazil.
  • T. f. margaritae (J. A. Allen, 1891) – C Brazil (Mato Grosso) and adjacent E Bolivia.
  • T. f. chloroptera (Vieillot, 1819) – SE Brazil (Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Stripe-bellied Tanager (Tangara flava). 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).