Friday, 26 September 2014

Grass Green Tanager: A Distinctive Small Passerine Bird

The striking Grass Green Tanager is a small passerine bird, belongs to tanager family. This is beautifully distinctive and well-named bird and the only member of the genus Chloronis. The bird is 20 cm in length and weighs 53g and it lives in and around subtropical and found temperate forests in the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru at elevations of 1500–3350 m.  This bird is often seen in mixed species flocks, and usually travels in pairs or in groups of 3-6 individuals. It forages mostly on upper half of short trees and eats fruits and insects. It is recognized as perch almost horizontally, and its nest is made of mosses and ferns, and its eggs are gray with light purple-grey dots. Almost the full bird is clad in bright green, relieved only by the chestnut face mask and ventral region, while both the chunky bill, and the legs and feet are deep red. It is one of the most impressive tanagers in the cloud forest.          Source: Charismatic Planet

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