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Blue-Gray Tanager Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Thraupis episcopus
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The species can be found from Mexico to northern South America.

  • Status

    The blue-gray tanager is considered a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Its population is sizable and stable over a large area. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Blue-Gray Tanager Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Forests and woodlands. The blue-gray tanager can also be found in some developed areas.

  • Niche

    The blue-gray tanager feeds primarily on fruit, although it will also eat insects and nectar.

  • Life History

    After breeding, the female lays one-three eggs in a cup-shaped nest. She incubates the eggs for 14 days before they hatch, after which both parents gather food for their young.


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