Opal-rumped Tanager - Tangara velia
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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.
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.
- Isler, Morton L. and Isler, Phyllis R., The Tanagers: Natural History, distribution, and Identification,Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., 1987
- http://en.wikipedia.org The Free Encyclopedia, Accessed June, 2013
- http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/home The Cornell Lab of Ornithoogy Neotropical Birds, Accessed June, 2013