Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae

Genus/species: Tersina viridis

 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Female Swallow Tanagers are a dull green overall with buffy yellow underparts. The male is light emerald-green, with a small deep black face and upper throat patch.  Length about 15 cm (6 inches).

Female below

Female Swallow Tanager15964984390_dcf5ecf5ad_k

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: South America, south to southern Brazil. Found in the humid forest edge and second-growth forest.

Male below

Male Swallow Tanager15529954514_08efef15f5_k

DIET IN THE WILD: Fruit and insects (insects are captured in sallying flight).

REPRODUCTION: Nest singly or in loose colonies in burrows in dirt banks, or in cavities in buildings.



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