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Blue-backed Tanager

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Male Photo by Anselmo d Affonseca Manaus, Brazil, February, 2014
Photo by Anselmo d Affonseca
Manaus, Brazil, February, 2014
Cyanicterus cyanicterus


[edit] Identification

17 cm (6¾ in)

  • Orange iris
  • Heavy, slightly curved bill


  • Bright blue head, throat and upper breast


  • Bright blue upperparts
  • Yellow face
  • Buffy throat and breast
  • Bright yellow belly

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in eastern Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and north-eastern Brazil

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Canopy of moist lowland forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

There is very little information available. They are known to eat insects, such as beetles and are thought to include some fruit too.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in trees and the nest is lined with woodchips, bark, feathers and moss.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016)

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