Estimated Wild Population
Blue-gray tanagers were named for their two-toned coloration: gray or light blue on their head and chest, deepening to a brighter blue coloration along their wings and tail. These medium-sized songbirds have black eyes and a short, thick, blueish-gray bill. They prefer semi-open areas and high spaces, often feeding at the tops of trees and perching on phone wires.
Interesting Fact 1
Blue-gray tanagers feed primarily on soft fruit, like tangerines, but they also eat insects and nectar.
Interesting Fact 2
In the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, they have earned the nickname “blue jean” due to their coloration.
Interesting Fact 3
Females lay one to three spotted eggs in a cup-shaped nest.
Commitment to Care
Lincoln Park Zoo prioritizes individual well-being over everything else. Guided by scientific research, staff and volunteers work to provide the best welfare outcomes for each individual in the zoo’s care.
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Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.