Said to be the most beautiful of his kind and this stunning multi-colored rainbow of a bird makes for a spellbinding sight

Said to be the most beautiful of his species in Brazil, this beautiful multicolored tanager makes for a spellbinding sight!

The black-backed tanager (Stilpnia peruviana) is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. Males are blue-green below with a cinnamon head, and nape. He wears a black mask, black back, and straw-colored rump, vent, and wing coverts.

Said to be the most beautiful of his kind and this stunning multi-colored rainbow of a bird makes for a spellbinding sight

Females are duller, having a green back and wings with a cinnamon vent, and lack the male’s mask and his black back.

They are virtually identical to female Chestnut-backed Tanagers.

 It is endemic to and lives in the forests and shrub areas of south-eastern Brazil.

Said to be the most beautiful of his kind and this stunning multi-colored rainbow of a bird makes for a spellbinding sight

These birds like to live in coastal forests with sandy soil, scrub, along woodland borders, and in secondary forests.

Being omnivorous birds, the black-backed tanager’s diet consists mostly of fruit, with some insects and spiders.

There is little information on the breeding season of the black-backed tanager.

Said to be the most beautiful of his kind and this stunning multi-colored rainbow of a bird makes for a spellbinding sight

Though apparently, they are thought to sometimes use the bulky nests of the Monk Parakeet during the breeding season.

This species is currently threatened by continued habitat loss.

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