November 22, 2016 – Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis)

These tanagers are found in northern South America, throughout much of the Amazon basin. There are four subspecies which vary in the coloration of their lower back feathers, ranging from bright red to red and yellow. They forage in the upper canopy, picking fruits and insects from the branches and foliage. Usually found in groups of five to twenty birds, they sometimes join mixed-species flocks with honeycreepers and other tanager species. Females usually do most of the nest building, using moss, fungus, dandelion seeds, spiderwebs, and grass, while males sing or call nearby. Both parents feed invertebrates to the chicks.


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