Blue & Black Tanager

Blue & Black Tanager

Birds

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: blue & black tanager
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Emberizidae
GENUS SPECIES: Tangara (Tupi word for brightly colored bird) vassorii

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION: The blue and black tanager is a brightly colored bird with mostly blue plumage except for black on the tail primaries, the lesser wing coverts and mask extending from the base of the bill through the eyes.
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. There is no color difference between the sexes and female blue and black tanagers are just as brightly colored as the males.
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.