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

    12·5–15 cm; 15·2–25 g. Colourful and highly sexually dimorphic tanager. Male nominate race has pale tan crown, lowermost forehead, lores, area through eye and back to rear... read more


    At times fairly vocal, especially for its genus. Call a buzzy “tzzit”, given when perched or in... read more


    Drier open habitats, including ranchland, borders of gallery and savanna woodland, cerrado... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, some arthropods; overall, appears to eat mostly fruit and seems not to capture many insects. Stomach contents included seeds of... read more


    Breeding mainly reported Sept–Dec in C... read more


    Resident. Some local movements in response to availability of fruit.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread across much of range. Occurs in many parks and other protected areas over its vast range, thrives in degraded... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 22 January 2020).