Blue-gray Tanager

The Blue-grey Tanager is 18 cm long and weighs 35 g. Adults have a light bluish head and underparts, with darker blue upperparts and a shoulder patch colored a different hue of blue. The bill is short and quite thick. Sexes are similar, but the immature is much duller in plumage.

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The Blue-gray Tanager is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Blue-gray tanager in Cerro Azul, Panama. I can't tell you why I like the blue-gray tanager best of all. Maybe it's because, like mountain bluebirds, they make the most of a rather plain uniform. Or perhaps it's because they are common and easy to see throughout much of the New World tropics—from central Mexico to the northern half of South America. I've enjoyed them in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, and Peru. Bay-headed tanagers are fabulously beautiful. More

Overall the Blue-gray Tanager is has a pale blue grey head and underparts, with darker blue upperparts. The bill is short, the lower mandible with white towards the base. Sexes are similar. They inhabit gardens, open countryside light woodland and forest edges, their diet consisting of fruits, insects and some nectar. Breeding is mainly during March and July, the nests are usually high up in a tree, occasionally being parasited by the Shiny Cowbird. More

The Blue-gray Tanager frequents shade coffee plantations in Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala, and Mexico. This tropical tanager can be found foraging in mixed flocks with North American migratory birds. More

Blue-gray tanagers belong to a large family of small, colorful tropical birds. Powder blue in color, the males and females look alike. Blue-gray tanagers, unlike most other tropical birds, prefer semi-open habitat and can often be found near human development, even nesting near or on buildings. They lay 1 to 3 mottled eggs, which the female incubates for 12 to 14 days. Both parents feed the chicks. More

Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus) Blue-gray TanagerThe Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus) is a medium-sized South American songbird of the Tanager family, Thraupidae. Description: The Blue-gray Tanager is 18 cm long and weighs 35 g. Adults have a pale blue-gray head and underparts, with darker blue upperparts. The bill is short and quite thick. Sexes are similar, but the immature is much duller in plumage. More

The Blue-gray Tanager lives mainly on fruit and eats while perched. With large fruit e.g. breadfruit or mangoes they peck at the fruit . Apart from the Violaceous Euphonia, they are the only tanager that feeds on the fruit of the Piper spp. In addition to fruit, the Blue-Gray Tanager also takes some nectar from large flowering trees such as the Immortelle (Erythrina micropteryx and Erythrina glauca) and Yellow Poui (Tabebuia serratifolia). They are also insect eaters. More

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The Blue-gray Tanager is a small perching bird with a short, thick beak. It is 6 More

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The blue-gray tanager (Thraupis episcopus) is one of about 230 species of tropical and subtropical tanagers, and one of the most common and unmistakable birds in Costa Rica. It is a generalist frugavore (fruit-eater), found in a great variety of different habitats, most often in pairs. It is plentiful and highly visible at Selva Verde, where it regularly frequents bird-feeding trays. Its primary diet comprises succulent fruit from trees, shrubs and vines. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Thraupidae
Genus : Thraupis
Species : episcopus
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1766)