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Green-headed Tanager Tangara seledon

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Jenelle Agpaoa and Kevin J. Burns


Breeding recorded during the months of November and December in Paraguay, and November, December, and February in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The collection of nesting materials and the building of the nest are done by both sexes. Materials collected include grass, leaves, and soft materials (e.g. corn tassel or feathers) (Isler and Isler 1987). The nest is concealed within dense foliage of trees, shrubs, in bromeliads on tree trunks, or even between the trunk and leaf stalk of banana trees (Isler and Isler 1987). In captivity, eggs had an incubation period of 17 days and were flesh or white colored, marked with various shades of brown or dark grey. After about 30-35 days, fledglings left the nest and depended on parents for food  for 75 days (Nørgaard-Olesen 1973). In the wild, a second brood is raised, and fledglings from both broods accompany their parents during their first year (Isler and Isler 1987).

Recommended Citation

Agpaoa, J. and K. J. Burns (2012). Green-headed Tanager (Tangara seledon), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.