Paradise Tanager - Tangara chilensis

Length 5.0-5.5 in (12.7-14.0 cm)
Weight 0.6-0.6 oz (16-17 g)
Clutch Size 2-4
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

There are four subspecies of Paradise Tanagers found in South America. Their body is black, with blue underparts, a light-green head and a yellow and red rump that is all red in some subspecies. The beak, legs and feet are black. Sexes are similar.

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Diet: Forages primarily at the upper canopy of fruiting trees. Hops along bare branches, looking underneath for insects and larvae.

Courtship: Paradise Tanagers are considered to be gregarious birds and are found in groups of 5-20 and can often be found in mixed species flocks.

Nesting: 2-4 whitish eggs marked with purplish red spots are laid in a cup-shaped nest.

Habitat and Range: Paradise Tanagers are found throughout most of the South American Amazon basin and prefer low-lying forests and second-growth woodland at the forest edge, shaded plantations, and clearings with scattered trees.

Vocalization: Paradise Tanagers produce a variety of songs including a sharp, moderate-pitched 'chak', a thin rising 'zeee' and a high 'sizit'. In the morning, the Paradise Tanager gives a 'Dawn Song', which is a repeated 'chak-zeet every two seconds.

Plumage/Molt No alternate plumage (annual molt).

Migration: Non-migratory.

Tongue/feet: Feet and legs are black.


  • The Free Encyclopedia, Accessed July, 2013
  • Isler, Morton L. and Isler, Phyllis R., The Tanagers: Natural History, distribution, and Identification,Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., 1987, Accessed July, 2013
  • The Cornell Lab of Ornithoogy Neotropical Birds, Accessed July, 2013

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