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Blue-gray Tanager

Thraupis episcopus

Description:

These two blue-gray tanagers were spotted fighting other birds off for their share of fruit at the Arenal Observatory, Arenal National Park, Costa Rica. These adults have a light bluish head and underparts, darker blue upperparts, and a shoulder patch in a different hue of blue well visible on the front bird.

Habitat:

Open woodland, cultivated areas and gardens. Distribution: from Mexico south to northeast Bolivia and northern Brazil, all of the Amazon Basin, except the very south. Introduced to Lima (Peru). Called Blue Jean in Trinidad and Tobago.

Notes:

These are a noisy and restless lot. They live mainly on fruit, and hence love the pieces of melon laid out by the park rangers.

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16 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Muchas gracias Alonso por el nombre español!

Alonso Garcia
Alonso Garcia 10 years ago

viudita en español...muy comun en toda costa rica

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Welcome..!!
Its a great contrast with Fruits and Bird's textures...!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you all for your comments. These guys are fruit lovers, and the melons put our by the rangers work wonders to attract them.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Fruit is Honeydew (or Orange) Melon.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Very cute... Love those bigger shining eyes...!!

CJulen
CJulen 10 years ago

Gorgeous birds - never seen these before. Great shot!

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 10 years ago

Just nice.

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Welcome

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

A belated thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Great couple.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Nicole!

NicoleB
NicoleB 10 years ago

Another pair of amazing fellows!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you rubens.luciano and Noe and Pili!
Rubens, it's lovely to learn the name of these birds in Brazil. Obrigada!

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 10 years ago

These birds are new for me! Great pic :)

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 10 years ago

Nice picture. Called "Sanhaçu" in Brazil, where is very common in the SE region.

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jan 19, 2008
Submitted on Aug 16, 2011

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