Red-bellied grackle

Their distinctive red bellies and lively behavior add a splash of color and charm to the diverse avian community of the Amazon rainforests

Francesco Veronesi

Red-bellied grackle


Their distinctive red bellies and lively behavior add a splash of color and charm to the diverse avian community of the Amazon rainforests

Population <10,000
7 – 8% reduction in population from 2000 – 2010

The red-bellied grackle is an intriguing avian species endemic to the lush Amazon rainforests of South America. Their habitat primarily comprises dense tropical forests, where they navigate through the verdant canopy with agility and grace.

One of the most striking features of the Red-bellied grackle is its vibrant red belly, which contrasts sharply with its black and white plumage. This distinct coloration serves both ornamental and functional purposes, aiding in species recognition and potentially signaling vitality and health to potential mates during courtship displays.

Red-bellied tanagers are medium-sized birds with stout bodies and short, strong beaks adapted for their omnivorous diet. While they primarily feed on fruits, including berries and small tropical fruits, they also supplement their diet with insects and nectar, utilizing their versatile beaks to probe and extract food items from various sources within the forest ecosystem.

These avian marvels are highly vocal creatures known for their diverse repertoire of calls and songs. Their vocalizations serve multiple functions, including communication within social groups, establishing territorial boundaries, and attracting mates during the breeding season. Their melodic tunes reverberate through the forest, adding to the symphony of sounds that characterize the Amazonian wilderness.

Red-bellied grackles are often observed in small groups, hopping between tree branches and foraging for food amidst the dense foliage. Their social behavior facilitates cooperative foraging and enhances their ability to detect and exploit food resources within their environment.

Despite their captivating appearance and intriguing behaviors, much remains to be discovered about the ecology and natural history of the Red-bellied grackle. Ongoing research efforts aimed at studying their behavior, habitat preferences, and population dynamics are essential for informing conservation strategies and ensuring the long-term survival of this charismatic species in the biodiverse ecosystems of the Amazon rainforests.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No