Yellow-bellied Tanager (Ixothraupis xanthogastra)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Thraupidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu Road, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Venezuela

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~12 cm (4.7 in). The Yellow-bellied Tanager is mostly green with large dusky specks on the breast and flanks. The center of the belly is yellow. The back and wings show dusky feathers fringed with blue giving a “scaled” effect. It generally forages in the canopy of forest edges, and second growth often in the company of mixed species flocks. It is similar to the Dotted Tanager but is distinguished by having dense large dusky specks and yellow center of the belly.  These two tanagers are likely to overlap only in the restricted range of the Dotted Tanager.

Status: The Yellow-bellied Tanager is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1500 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tangara de Vientre Amarillo.

Sub-species: Yellow-bellied Tanager (Ixothraupis xanthogastra xanthogastra), (P. L. Sclater), 1851.

Meaning of Name: Ixothraupis: Gr. Ixos= mistletoe and thraupis= unknown small bird, perhaps some sort of finch. xanthogastra: Gr. Xanthos= yellow and gaster, gastros= belly.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.