FawnBreastedTanager

July 24, 2017 – Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanonota)

These tanagers are found in parts of northwestern, central, and eastern South America. Foraging in pairs or alone, they eat berries, fruit pulp, seeds, flowers, buds, and insects. Their nests are cup-shaped and built on horizontal branches, hidden by moss and plants growing on the trees. Both parents care for the chicks.

WhiteCappedTanager

June 26, 2017 – White-capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata)

Found in cloud forests in the Andes from Colombia to Peru, these tanagers travel in flocks of four to twenty birds, sometimes associating with other species, such as jays and caciques. They eat seeds, fruit, and insects, including wasps, ants, beetles, and bees. Little is known of their nesting habits, but they probably build their nests from rootlets and other fibers, and may be cooperative breeders. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to deforestation and fragmentation of their habitat.

PurplishMantledTanager

June 6, 2017 – Purplish-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephalus)

These tanagers are found in northwestern South America, in parts of western Colombia and Ecuador. They eat mostly insects, along with some berries and other fruits, foraging alone, in pairs or family groups, or sometimes in mixed-species flocks. Little is known about their breeding behaviors, though they probably nest sometime between May and July. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to habitat loss and degradation in their relatively small range.

paradisetanager

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.

goldencollaredtanager

September 11, 2016 – Golden-collared Tanager (Iridosornis jelskii)

These tanagers are found on the eastern slope of the Andes in central Peru and Bolivia, spending most of their time near the tree line in small patches of shrubs and short trees. There are two subspecies, which differ mostly in size and amount of black plumage on the crown. Often foraging in mixed-species flocks, they eat mostly berries and insects. The scientific name of their genus, Iridosornis, translates to “rainbow bird.”


June 7, 2016 – Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus igniventris)

These tanagers are found in the Andes from Venezuela to Bolivia. They eat mostly fruit, along with flower petals and centers, nectar, leaves, seeds, and some insects. Often foraging in mixed-species flocks, they may also be seen in pairs or alone. They build cup-shaped nests from plant fibers, usually in trees or thickets. There are four subspecies which mostly vary in their red coloration and in the color of the feathers under their tails.


May 22, 2016 – Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

Found from southern Mexico to Brazil, these tanagers spend most of their time in the canopies of lowland forests. The majority of their diet is fruit, though they also eat nectar and small insects. They frequently forage in mixed-species flocks with other tanager and honeycreeper species, sometimes also foraging alone or in pairs. Females build the small cup-shaped nests from dead leaves, tendrils, fungal filaments, and rootlets. Both parents feed the chicks.