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These tanagers are mainly found in semi-open habitats including plantations and open woodland, but some will venture into towns. They feed from medium to high levels in trees, taking mainly fruit, with some nectar, and insects which may be taken in flight.
The pair builds a usually well concealed cup nest, but the female incubates alone. The Blue-gray and Palm Tanagers will nest in buildings.
Thraupis tanagers have squeaky call notes and songs which consist of 5-10 repetitions of a single or double note.
Species in taxonomic order
- Blue-gray Tanager, Thraupis episcopus
Glaucous Tanager, Thraupis glaucocolpa
Sayaca Tanager, Thraupis sayaca
Azure-shouldered Tanager, Thraupis cyanoptera
Golden-chevroned Tanager, Thraupis ornata
Blue-capped Tanager, Thraupis cyanocephala
Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Thraupis bonariensis
Yellow-winged Tanager, Thraupis abbas
Palm Tanager, Thraupis palmarum
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- Morton, Isler & Isler, Tanagers ISBN 0-7136-5116-4
- Stiles and Skutch, A guide to the birds of Costa Rica ISBN 0-0814-9600-4