- Common Name
- beryl-spangled tanager
- Genus Species
- Tangara (Tupi word for brightly colored bird) nigroviridis (black and green)
- The male beryl-spangled tanager is a brightly colored bird that is mostly black with iridescent green to blue-green scale-like speckles over much of its plumage. The mask, forehead, chin, back, wings and tail are all black.
- 9 to 28 cm (3.5 to 11 in.)
- 8.5 to 40 g (0.3 to 1.4 oz.)
- Includes fruit and nectar
- 13 to 15 days
- Clutch Size
- 2 to 5 eggs
- Feldging Duration
- 14 to 20 days
- Sexual Maturity
- No data
- Life Span
- No data
- This species has a very large range and can be found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
- Inhabits tropical regions
- The total population is unknown but scientists believe that there are at least 10,000 mature individuals. The population appears to be stable and is not severely fragmented.
- IUCN: Least Concern
CITES: Not listed
USFWS: Not listed
The males and females can be easily distinguished due to their different colors.
In most tanager species, the males are vividly colored.
Ecology and Conservation
These birds are vital seed dispersers, which helps foster the growth of new forests. They are also food for larger predators.
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.
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Photo Credit: Tangara nigroviridis-Ecuador-8.jpg. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Image by: Ben Tavener. Year Created: 19 February 2012. Website: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tangara_ngroviridis_-Ecuador-8.jpg. License: CC by 2.0 Generic.