Speckled Tanager

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tangara guttata

Speckled Tanager

The Speckled Tanager is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family.

It is a medium-sized passerine bird, measuring 5.2 inches long and weighs 18 grams.

Upperparts are green with black spotting. Face is yellow with a black line from the eye to the gape.

Wings and tail are black edged with green. Underparts are white spotted with black.

Both sexes are similar.

Its flight call is a weak metallic chirping "tsip".

Feeds mainly on fruit and some insects. 

Occurs in humid montane and secondary forest, with generally not very tall trees and a dense understory.

Resident breeder in Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad, Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname and the extreme north of Brazil.

There are also sight records from French Guiana.

Nest is a small cup built in a tree and the normal clutch is 2 brown-blotched white eggs.

The female incubates the eggs for 13 days to hatching, with another 15 days before the chicks fledge.


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