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Blue-gray Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Thraupis
Boie, 1826
see species list

Thraupis is a genus of birds of the tanager family occuring from Mexico to Argentina. Some are familiar species with large ranges.

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


  • ffrench, Birds of Trinidad and Tobago ISBN 0-7136-6759-1
  • Hilty, Birds of Venezuela, ISBN 0-7136-6418-5
  • 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

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