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Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Nikki L. Berneberg and Kevin J. Burns

Diet and Foraging


Paradise Tanagers feed on both fruit and arthropods, with fruit recorded more often.  In a study conducted in Bolivia, Naoki (2003) recorded 47 foraging bouts; 85% involved fruit and 15% involved arthropods. Mainly forages in the upper canopy, but also feeds in the lower fruiting trees and tall shrubs at the forest edge and in clearings (Isler and Isler 1987). Paradise Tanagers have been observed foraging for fruits such as those of Miconia and Aralia, and also foraging for insects by gleaning under the branches and lianas 2.5 cm or less in diameter (Isler and Isler 1987). In Bolivia, most fruit foraging observations involved species in the genera Miconia (53%) and Cestrum (28%) (Naoki 2003). Isler and Isler (1987) summarized data from stomach contents and found vegetable matter recorded for 10 individuals, insects for 1, and both vegetable and insects recorded for 1.  Reported contents included fruit pulp, seeds, and arthropods including fly larva, short-horned grasshoppers, and spiders (Isler and Isler 1987).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Berneberg, N. L. and K. J. Burns (2011). Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.