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National Aquarium - Turquoise Tanager

Turquoise Tanager

Tangara mexicana

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The turquoise tanager is a brightly colored bird with a strikingly blue face and breast and yellow or white underside. It lives in humid lowland forests, foraging for insects and fruit beneath the forest canopy. The turquoise tanager is a highly social bird and up to four or five individuals will help to feed nestlings.

Did You Know?

Despite its scientific name, the turquoise tanager is not found in Mexico or anywhere in Central America.

Diet

The turquoise tanager eats mainly fruit and insects.

Size

Up to six inches.

Range

This bird is native to much of South America, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Population Status

This species is not threatened.

Predators

Birds of prey are the main predator of adults. Snakes and other animals may predate on eggs and chicks.

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