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Blue & Black Tanager

Scientific Classification

Common Name
blue & black tanager
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Anatidae
Subfamily
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 to 28 cm (3.5 to 11 in.)
Weight
8.5 to 40 g (0.3 to 1.4 oz.)
Diet
Includes fruit and nectar
Incubation
13 to 15 days
Clutch Size
2 to 5 eggs
Feldging Duration
14 to 20 days
Sexual Maturity
No data
Life Span
No data
Range
Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil
Habitat
Found in areas around lakes and rivers
Population
Global: Unknown
Status 
IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Not listed
USFWS: Not listed

Fun Facts

There is no color difference between the sexes and female blue and black tanagers are just as brightly colored as the males.

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.