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Turquoise Tanager

Turquoise Tanager
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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: 2012-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-01-18 19:35
Viewed: 3371
Points: 8
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Turquoise Tanager
Tangara mexicana

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 Guianas, 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 Exhibit of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.


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Hello Manyee,
What a colorful bird you have posted today. Love the bright blue markings on it's face, breast and tail. The black cap, upper back and wings along with the olive green lower back makes for an attractive plumage. Wonderful eye contact and just the right exposure. Very informative notes!!
A little noise in BG, but this is easily remedied.

Hi Manyee,
You have the genus right, it is genus Tangara. The species is incorrect however. This is Tangara velia (Opal-rumped Tanager).

Hello Manyee,
a wonder of colors, good sharpness and contrast.
Very nice!
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Hello Vanni

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-19 12:56]

Hello Manyee,
Very nice sharp detailed poto of this Opal-rumped Tanager. Curious pose. Beautiful natural colours. The noise in the background is a pity. Good composition.

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