Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Tanager (Tangara brasiliensis)


French: Calliste à ventre blanc German: Weißbauchtangare Spanish: Tangara ventriblanca

Tanagra brasiliensis


, 1766,

Brazil = Rio de Janeiro


Usually considered conspecific with T. mexicana, but differs in its larger size (effect size for larger bill vs both boliviana and mexicana >5; score 3); white vs pale yellowish belly (2); much paler, more silvery blue on head, breast, wings and rump (2); solid patch of pale blue on median wing-coverts vs blue-tipped coverts in other taxa (2); pale blue vs turquoise fringes to primaries (ns[1]). Monotypic.


Coastal SE Brazil (Bahia S to Rio de Janeiro).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 26 g. Small tanager with dark, mottled appearance and contrasting white belly. Adult has mid-crown to nape and most of upperparts deep velvety black, silvery-blue rump... read more


High-pitched strident notes including a repeated “tzri, tsic”, likened to the squeak of a bat. No... read more


Humid forest borders, tall restinga, broken second growth, lighter or disturbed forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known, recorded taking buds of Leguminosae, melastome berries, figs (Ficus), fruits of the non-native Eriobotrya... read more


Apparently nothing known, beyond the fact that the species is breeds in the austral spring, with unfledged young being fed by adults in... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Atlantic forest lowlands EBA. Primarily an “edge” species that derives some benefit from... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-bellied Tanager (Tangara brasiliensis). 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 11 December 2019).