HoodedTanager

April 30, 2018 – Hooded Tanager (Nemosia pileata)

These tanagers are found in two separate ranges in northern and central South America. Foraging in pairs or small flocks, they feed primarily on invertebrates, including beetles, ants, caterpillars, and spiders, occasionally also eating some fruit. Pairs build small cup-shaped nests from plant fibers held together with spiderwebs. Females usually lay two eggs and probably incubate them alone.

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RingedWarblingFinch

April 28, 2018 – Ringed Warbling-finch (Microspingus torquatus)

These birds in the tanager family are found in semiarid grasslands, open woodlands, and shrublands of central Bolivia, western Paraguay, and central Argentina. They mostly eat arthropods during the breeding season, along with some seeds, foraging mostly in vegetation and only rarely on the ground. Breeding from late October to February, they build open cup-shaped nests from plant fibers and hair. Though only the females incubate the eggs, both parents feed the chicks.

YellowWingedTanager

April 14, 2018 – Yellow-winged Tanager (Tangara abbas)

These tanagers are found from eastern and southeastern Mexico to Nicaragua, Honduras, and probably northern Costa Rica. They eat insects and fruit, especially figs, foraging in pairs or flocks of up to 50 birds. Breeding mostly between February and July, pairs build nests from small twigs, grass, dry leaves, moss, and other materials.

BlackFacedTanager

April 8, 2018 – Black-faced Tanager (Schistochlamys melanopis)

Found in parts of northern and central South America, these tanagers are usually seen in pairs or small flocks, which may be family groups. They eat fruit, seeds, and arthropods, including ants and other insects, foraging near the top of shrubs and small trees or in tall grasses. They build open cup-shaped nests from grass or moss lined with grass, usually in low trees or shrubs. Their range is thought to be expanding as deforestation provides more open habitats for them.

BlackAndGoldTanager

April 6, 2018 – Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys)

Found only in two small areas in the northern Andes of Colombia, these tanagers have a population estimated at only between 600 and 1,700 adult birds. Foraging primarily in the canopy and sub-canopy, they eat mostly fruit, along with some arthropods, and possibly nectar. Little is known about their breeding habits, though they are thought to nest mostly in March and April and a nest site was observed in a mass of bromeliads on a tree. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to their small population and habitat destruction in their limited range.

ScarletAndWhiteTanager

April 2, 2018 – Scarlet-and-white Tanager (Chrysothlypis salmoni)

These tanagers are found in parts of western Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. Found in small flocks, sometimes with other species, they eat a variety of fruits, as well as insects and other arthropods. Little is known about their breeding behavior, but chicks from a previous brood are thought to assist their parents and fledgelings have been observed in April and May.

RedCrestedFinch

January 30, 2018 – Red-crested Finch or Red Pileated-finch (Coryphospingus cucullatus)

These tanagers are found in a large range in central South America, with small populations in Peru, the Guianas, and northeastern Brazil. Little is known about their diet, but they forage on the ground and in low vegetation, forming mixed-species flocks with seed-eating birds outside of the breeding season. Breeding between November and February, they build cup-shaped nests from small twigs, vine stems, dry grasses, lichens, and other materials.