Beryl Spangled Tanager

Beryl-Spangled Tanager

Birds

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: beryl-spangled tanager
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Emberizidae
GENUS SPECIES: Tangara (Tupi word for brightly colored bird) nigroviridis (black and green)

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION:  
MALE The beryl-spangled tanager is a brightly colored bird 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.
SIZE: 9-28 cm (3.5-11 in.)
WEIGHT: 8.5-40 g (0.3-1.4 oz.)
DIET: Includes fruit and nectar
INCUBATION: 13-15 days
CLUTCH SIZE 2-5 eggs
FLEDGING DURATION 14-20 days
SEXUAL MATURITY: No data
LIFE SPAN: No data
RANGE: Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil
HABITAT: Inhabits tropical regions
POPULATION: GLOBAL Unknown
STATUS: IUCN Not listed
CITES Not listed
USFWS Not listed

FUN FACTS

1. In most species of tanager the males are vividly colored. The beryl-spangled tanager is one species in which there is a color difference between the males and females.
2. Tanager classification is still being determined. They are often classified in the Thraupidae family.

ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

These birds are vital seed dispersers, which helps new forest growth. They are also food for larger predators.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Austin, G. 1961. Birds of the World. Golden Press, Inc., New York.

Gotch, A.F. Birds - Their Latin Names Explained. Poole, Dorst: Blandford Press, 1981.

Perrins, C. Birds: Their Life, Their Ways, Their World. New York: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. 1979.

Perrins, C. M. And A. L.A. Middleton, eds. The Encyclopedia of Birds. New York: Facts on File Pub. 1985.

Perrins, C. M. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds: The Definitive Reference to Birds of the World. New York: Prentice Hall Press. 1990.

http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/winkler/botw/thraupidae.html.

InfoNatura: Birds, mammals, and amphibians of Latin America [web application]. 2004. Version 3.2 . Arlington, Virginia (USA): NatureServe. Available: http://www.natureserve.org/infonatura.