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Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)


Palm Tanager The Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum) is a medium-sized passerine bird, averaging 19 cm in length and 36 g in weight.

Their overall plumage is dull olive-green with a paler crown. The flight feathers are black, and the long tail is black edged with green. A yellow wingbar shows in flight.

Males and females look alike, although females may be somewhat paler.

Palm Tanagers are social, restless but unwary.


Distribution and Habitat:

They can be found in Nicaragua south to Bolivia, Paraguay and southern Brazil. Also seen in Trinidad and, since 1962, on Tobago. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is known by colloquial names such as the 'Palmiste' and the 'Green Jean'.

It occurs in semi-open areas including cultivation and gardens.



The bulky cup nest is built in a tree, usually a palm, or under the eaves of a house. The female incubates three, sometimes two, brown-blotched cream eggs for 14 days, with another 17 days to fledging.



The Palm Tanager eat a wide variety of small fruit. They also regularly take some nectar and insects, including caterpillars.

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From top to bottom - blue-grey tanager, yellow oriole and palm tanager

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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