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Black-bellied Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
San Martín, Peru, January, 2016

Alternative name: Huallaga Tanager

Ramphocelus melanogaster


17 cm (6¾ in)

  • Dark crimson head
  • Black mantle and back
  • Red lower back to uppertail-coverts


Photo by Stanley Jones
San Martín, Peru, January,2016

South America: endemic to Peru.



There are two subspecies[1]:

  • R. m. melanogaster:
  • Highlands of northern Peru (San Martín)
  • R. m. transitus:
  • East-central Peru (upper Huallaga Valley in Huánuco and San Martín)


Gardens and other cultivated areas, river borders. Forest edges and bushy clearings. Secondary growth.


Subspecies transitus
Photo © by Wilson Diaz
Arena Blanca Reserve, Aguas Verdes, San Martin, Peru, 11 January 2018


There is little known about their diet, though it is probably similar to Silver-beaked Tanager.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wauer, J., E. R. Funk, C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2020). Black-bellied Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bkbtan1.01

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