- Common Name
- blue & black tanager
- Genus Species
- Tangara (Tupi word for brightly colored bird) vassorii
- 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.
- 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
- Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil
- Found in areas around lakes and rivers
- Global: Unknown
- IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Not listed
USFWS: Not listed
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.
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