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Swallow Tanager

These colorful birds are both Swallow tanagers, Tersina viridis (Passeriformes - Thraupidae), a species native to South America that displays a distinctive, sexually dimorphic, coloration.

Male Swallow Tanagers (top) are shining turquoise blue, with a broad bill and black on the forehead and throat. While females (bottom) are a dull green overall with buffy yellow underparts. 

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Photo credit: ©Mariza Sanches  |  [Top]  -  [Bottom]

Locality: Piraju, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Swallow Tanager (Tersina viridis)

…a species of tanager (Thraupidae) that is the sole member of the genus Tersina. Swallow tanagers are native to South America and range from Panama to northern Argentina. They typically inhabit forest edges, open woodlands, clearings, and other areas near water. Like other tanagers T. viridis feeds mainly on insects and a variety of fruits, mainly berries and avocados. Swallow tanagers are sexually dimorphic with females sporting a green coloration and the males sporting a blue coloration.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Thraupidae-Tersina-T. viridis

Images: Ben Tavener and Dario Sanches

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