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Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Berneberg, Nikki L. and Kevin J. Burns
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The Paradise Tanager is the quintessential multicolored neotropical bird. This spectacular tanager delights visiting birders throughout much of the Amazon basin, where it forages in the canopy of lowland evergreen forests and at forest edge. There are four recognized subspecies of Paradise Tanager, which differ in the color of the rump: the rump is entirely scarlet in one subspecies, and scarlet and yellow in the three other subspecies. Paradise Tanagers glean fruits and insects in the upper canopy of trees, and tend to nest in the outer edge of the tree canopy. Paradise Tanagers often are seen in multi-species flocks of 5 to 20 individuals, and rarely stay in the same spot for an extended period of time when feeding.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Berneberg, Nikki L. and Kevin J. Burns.(2011).Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/partan1

DOI: 10.2173/nb.partan1.01