Saturday, May 5, 2012

Green-headed Tanager

Tangara seledon
Happy Saturday everyone! I don't know about where you all are reading from, but here is it pretty dark and rainy, so a bright colored little bird is exactly what I need to liven things up!

Meet the Green-headed Tanager... which has a misleading name. Though they definitely sport some green feathers, especially on the neck, their actual heads are more of a Turquoise color. The rest of the body is boldly patterned with shades of blue and green, and when they fly... Surprise! Their rump is bright orange!

Green-headed Tanagers are found in the Atlantic coastal forests of South America, residing in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. They live in small flocks that number 6-20 birds, and they forage for fruits as well as for small arthropods. And did you know that tanager families stick together? The parents often have two broods per season, and their offspring from both will hang around for about a year before going off on their own.

Green-headed Tanagers are common throughout their range, and do not appear to have any major threats against them, though an actual population size has not been quantified.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina
Size : Length up to 5in (13cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Passeriformes
Family : Thraupidae -- Genus : Tangara -- Species : T. seledon

1 comment:

  1. Yippee! A bird! I love birdies! Tanagers are so wondrously bright. I'm in Indiana and there's 2 gorgeous tanager species here: summer tanager and scarlet tanager. They are both bright red and the scarlets have black wings.


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