Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-bellied Tanager (Tangara xanthogastra)


French: Calliste à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauchtangare Spanish: Tangara ventriamarilla

Calliste xanthogastra

P. L. Sclater

, 1851,

Río Negro, Peru


See T. varia. Highland race phelpsi differs in numerous ways from nominate, and was mentioned in HBW as possibly meriting separate species status; but diagnostic characters (slightly longer wing and tail, heavier bill, more yellowish-green head, duller flanks, and more yellow on underparts) all appear minor. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. x. xanthogastra (P. L. Sclater, 1851) – E Colombia (from Meta and Vaupés) E to S Venezuela (S Amazonas and SW Bolívar), S to E Ecuador, E Peru, W Brazil (E to R Negro, middle R Juruá and upper R Purus), and N Bolivia (S to Cochabamba).
  • T. x. phelpsi J. T. Zimmer, 1943 – S Venezuela in N Amazonas and N & E Bolívar (from lower R Caura E to Uei-tepui, on Brazilian border); also adjacent W Guyana.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 13–18 g. Small, green, heavily spotted tanager with bright yellow along central abdomen; bill rather thin. Nominate race has lores black, ocular ring bright green,... read more


    Weak “chit” and “seet” notes, much like those of many congeners. Song a series of descending, buzzy... read more


    Primarily occurs in high canopy and emergent trees of humid várzea and terra firme... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes small fruits and insects. Recorded fruits are Miconia species and other melastome berries, Cecropia catkins... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon, and at rather low density across lowlands; race phelpsi perhaps locally more numerous in tepui highlands. Occurs in numerous... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Yellow-bellied Tanager (Tangara xanthogastra). 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 28 January 2020).