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Beryl-Spangled Tanager

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
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
Feldging 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

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.

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.