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Turquoise Tanager

Turquoise Tanager
Photo Information
Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-09 16:08
Viewed: 3465
Points: 12
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Turquoise Tanager
Tangara mexicana

General Information:
The Turquoise Tanager is a medium-sized passerine bird that occurs in northern and northeastern South America. It is a resident of the Amazon Basin as well as adjacent rivers. It is a social bird and is often found in small flocks.

Physical Description:
The adult birds are around 5.5 inches long and weigh approximately 20 grams. They have long tails and dark stout bills. When fully grown, these tanagers are dark blue in color with yellow underparts. The Trinidadian form, T. m. vieiloti, has a darker blue hue and brighter yellow belly than their mainland counterparts. The east Brazilian subspecies, T. m. brasiliensis, is pale, silvery-blue with dark spots on its throat and chest and white on its belly.

The Turquoise Tanager feeds primarily on fruit but will also eat insects, flowers, leaves, and seeds.

Its range stretches within the Amazon Basin to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas, Brazil, Bolivia. It is also common on the island of Trinidad, where it is a resident breeder. It inhabits forests, semi-open areas, and cultivated lands. This bird typically builds a bulky cup nest in a tree or shrub. In eastern Brazil, there is a disjunct population living from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro.

The female Turquoise Tanager lays 2 to 3 brown-blotched, gray-green eggs per clutch. The female incubates the eggs for about 12 - 14 days. Pairs break off from the flock to reproduce. After hatching, pairs rejoin the flock but return to feed the young.

This photo was taken at the Rainforest section of the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-09 19:39]

Hello Manyee,
This is one I'm not at all familiar with. A real beauty shown with fine detail, gorgeous coloration and excellent exposure!! TFS.

Hi Manyee
Very nice shot with great detail.
Well done!

This bird have verry nice and interesting colours.
Good picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Hello Manyee,
Excellent photo with superb colours and details.
Great composition.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-13 0:36]

Hi Manyee

Hello there Mr. Tanager all dressed up for the dinner party with your flashy red ring.
This poor bird didn't know where to look. One eye kept tabs on what you were doing
while the other eye remained focused on the delicious stuff in the plate. You captured
fine details, especially in the facial region and the colours show up well.

Good work and TFS.

Hello Manyee,

another nice image from you with good pov and details.
Are this one in a birdcage?
Fine colours.


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