Tangara chilensis paradisea (Thraupidae)
Ron’ flickr site for Rainforest Birds
DISTRIBUTION: South America: common in Venezuela, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Brazil.
HABITAT: Canopy and edges of subtropical to tropical lowland humid forests.
APPEARANCE: Striking colors: top and sides of head bright apple-green, black upper body plumage, lower back scarlet, underparts a bright turqoise. Beak and legs black. Sexes similar.
DIET: Mainly fruit, buds, leaves, foraging from middle heights to treetops. Also, like other Tanagra tanagers, picks insects from leaves or sometimes takes them in flight.
REMARKS: In Spanish, called “sieite colores” for its seven-colored appearance: green, yellow, scarlet, black, and three colors of blue feathers adorn this handsome bird.
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