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Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca


The Sayaca Tanager is a resident of forest edge and secondary forest from the Southern Amazon to Northern Argentina.  The Sayaca Tanager is blue gray in color with sky blue wings. The Sayaca Tanager can be distinguished from the similar Azure-shouldered Tanager (Thraupis cyanoptera) by its smaller size and the lack of an azure-blue shoulder patch.  Unlike many other tanager species, the Sayaca Tanager is tolerant of human altered environments and will colonize small isolated woodlots that can no longer support other frugivores.  Sayaca Tanagers forage mainly in the tops of trees in pairs or small groups of 3 or 4 individuals.  Although these tanagers mainly feed on fruit, they also will make aerial sallies for insects.  During the austral winter, the southernmost populations withdraw as far north as Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 

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Recommended Citation

Sayaca Tanager (Thraupis sayaca), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: