Opal-rumped Tanager - Tangara velia

Length 4.5-5.5 in (11.4-14.0 cm)
Weight 0.7-0.8 oz (19-23 g)
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

The Opal-rumped Tanager is a South American bird. There are four subspecies of this bird. Their body is mostly iridescent blue and black with an orangish-chestnut belly and an opalescent rump. The bill is slender and black. Both sexes look similar but the female may be duller and paler.

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Diet: They forage mostly in crowns of tall trees and will eat fruit (especially small fruit and berries) and insects.

Courtship: No information found.

Nesting: The eggs are grayish white and thickly dotted with darker shades of gray.

Habitat and Range: Opal-rumped Tanagers are found in the Amazon and Atlantic Forest of South America. They are found in low-lying forests and forest edges, plantations and clearings with scattered tall trees. They travel in pairs or small groups (up to 15). They will also sometimes accompany mixed-species flocks.

Vocalization: Foraging calls are a series of repeated rapid high pitched 'sit' or 'siz' notes. Their song is a weaker sequence of 'tiz' notes that quickly rise and fall in pitch. During flight, they will also utter a high-pitched twitter.

Plumage/Molt No alternate plumage and molt annually.

Migration: Not migratory.

Tongue/feet: Legs and feet are gray.


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