Noticeable in its coat of glowing golden yellow in contrast with a dark black background is a small bird of South America.
Let’s meet the Golden Tanager!
The golden tanager (Tangara arthus) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae (Tanager) family. This bird normally appears in bright golden-yellow, as its name suggests. Its wings and back are lined with black and gold streaks.
Golden tanagers have a short black tail and a shiny short beak. They have two isolated black ear patches on both sides of the head. In this species, the male and the female look very similar. However, the juveniles look a bit different in a paler shade of yellow.
Golden tanagers have sub-species that is slightly distinct in look. Most common is the golden color but some birds living at the northernmost part of their range show a chestnut breast band and flanks.
These small tanagers can be found in the Andean foothills and subtropical zone from Venezuela south to Bolivia. This species is endemic to South America and love to inhabit cloud forests, edges, and gardens.
During the breeding season, the female bird builds a cup nest from leaves, twigs, spider webs and moss, and then lay two eggs inside. Interestingly, the hatchlings of this species will be fed by both their parents and their older siblings. The birds from the first clutch will assist their parents with feeding the chicks.
In the natural habitats, golden tanagers join mixed flocks when searching for food in the canopy of the forest at an altitude from around 600 to 2,200 m. They are omnivores and will eat anything that they could find, including fruits, berries, nectars, and insects.
Even though the population trend tends to be decreasing, this is insufficient to make golden tanager a vulnerable species. Moreover, it has a very large distribution range. For those reasons, golden tanager is evaluated as Least Concern by IUCN.
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