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Masked Crimson Tanager
18 - 19 cm (7-7½ in)
This is a monotypic species1.
Low thick forests; flooded forest edges and along streams. Stays close to water.
Female builds a nest consisting of a bulky cup of dead leaves wrapped sparsely around adjacent stems and lays a clutch of 2-3 pale blue eggs with brown spots. Typically has more than two adult helpers at the nest.
Diet includes fruits, leaves, buds and nectar. It is an important pollinator of the Purple Coral-tree (Erythrina fusca).
Dawn song a cheerful, semi-musical wheet chu, wheet, chu... or chuck wheet? chuck wheet? During the day, sings a different song of rich and gradual phrases such as wheeet, chu-chu wheeet wheeet, chu-chu wier wheeet. Both songs moderate to low pitched. Typical call-note is a high metallic tchi or tsit.
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