White-rumped Tanagers

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White-rumped Tanager

The White-rumped Tanager (Cypsnagra hirundinacea) is the only member of the genus Cypsnagra.


Description:

They average 16 cm in length and weigh around 25-34 g.


Distribution / Habitat:

White-rumped Tanagers are endemic to Brazil, where they exist in territorial groups of three to six individuals.

They are also found in Paraguay, Bolivia and Suriname - usually at elevations of 700-1000 m.

They inhabit grasslands with short trees.


Breeding / Nesting:

They build cup nests made of woven grasses about 1-2 meters off the ground . The average clutch consists of 3 to 4 blue eggs speckled around the large end with brown or black spots. The young of previous seasons help the parents tend the nest and chicks.


Diet:

They eat insects, such as beetles, grasshoppers or crickets - caught on the ground or in flight. On occasion, they eat fruit.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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