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|Masked Crimson Tanager|
Length: 18 - 19 cm (7 -7.5 in) Very beautiful and colorful birds, similar to the Brazilian tanager; males with intense red plumage on head and most underparts, black mask from forehead and throat to behind eyes; black above with red lower back. Belly black. (Color develops in second year.) Shiny white base of lower mandible; beak brown. Immature males brown, as are females, but with black beak.
South America: Upper Amazon only (eastern Colombia, to southeastern Peru and Amazonian Brazil)
Low thick forests; flooded forest edges and along streams. Stays close to water.
Feeds primarily on fruits, leaves, buds and nectar. This species likes fruits of cecropia trees; they perch upside down on spikes and rip off pieces of pulp. Important in seed dispersal in forest, as apparently Cecropia seeds germinate better after passage through bird intestines. Lives in pairs of groups of three to twelve in low or mid-levels of forest in forest edges; often associated with olive-green tanager. Noisy. Feathers used by indigenous peoples for decoration.
Males display brightly-colored plumage during breeding season, and lift their heads vertically to exhibit the white underside of the bill to the female. Female only builds the nest. Produce two or three eggs. Parents bring meals in their bills to hatchlings; do not regurgitate as do some other tanager genera. Often there are "helper" birds, which may be older offspring of the parents. Nests may be parasitized by cowbirds.
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- [2006-05-06 8:21]
Très bel oiseau. Il se confond un peu avec l'environnement. On ne fait pas toujours ce qu'on veut !