The striking bird wearing a shimmering suit of turquoise blue – yellow and black

The turquoise tanager (Tangara mexicana) is a medium-sized bird with a tail length of 13-14 cm (5.5 inches).

They are roughly 20 grams in weight. Adult birds are predominantly dark blue and black in color, with turquoise edging around their primary wing feathers and turquoise shoulder patches.

The striking bird wearing a shimmering suit of turquoise blue - yellow and black

Except for the Brazilian species, which has white underparts, most species have yellow underparts.

Tangara mexicana vieiloti from Trinidad had a deeper blue head and breast and brighter yellow underparts than the mainland race.

Tangara mexicana brasiliensis has a lighter blue plumage overall, with black patches on the throat and breast, blue edging to the main flight feathers, and white underparts.

The striking bird wearing a shimmering suit of turquoise blue - yellow and black

This bird migrates to and from Trinidad, most of Brazil (despite its scientific name, it is not found in Mexico), Colombia, and Venezuela, all the way down to Bolivia.

The turquoise tanager prefers wet woods at high elevations, although it may also be found in semi-open settings such as open woodland and cultivated plains.

They eat a diverse range of fruits as well as insects, flowers, leaves, and seeds.

The striking bird wearing a shimmering suit of turquoise blue - yellow and black

Turquoise tanager pairs frequently split from the flock during the mating season and build substantial cup-shaped nests in trees or bushes.

The female will subsequently deposit two to three brown-blotched grey-green eggs, which she will incubate alone for 12 to 14 days.

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