Blue-grey tanager in exhibit

Blue-grey Tanager

Scientific Name
Thraupis episcopus
Mexico through northern South America
Forests, woodlands, and some developed areas
Estimated Wild Population
5–50 million
Blue-grey tanager in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

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Blue-gray tanagers feed primarily on soft fruit, like tangerines, but they also eat insects and nectar.

In the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, they have earned the nickname “blue jean” due to their coloration.

Females lay one to three spotted eggs in a cup-shaped nest.

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