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Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leveriana)


Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leveriana)The Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leveriana) averages 26 to 29 cm in length and weighs 69-76 g. They are very noisy.


Distribution and Habitat:

They can be found in the Andes in Venezuela, and in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru; as well as in Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia at elevation between 1200-2000 m.

They are seen in river floodplains and forest edges among grass and shrubs, but also occur in plantations near human settlements.


Diet:

This tanager eats seed and fruits and insects.


Breeding:

Cup nest lined with grass, leaves or other plant materials. Located near ground on short trees or in shrubs in dense vegetation.

Clutch size 2 eggs red/brown with brown spots. Captive birds incubate eggs for 12 to 13 days.

Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leveriana)
Magpie Tanagers

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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