Silver-Beaked Tanager

Silver-Beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo

Type of Animal:

Light woodland, cultivated areas, forest/forest borders/edges (semiopen & closed), semiopen areas, estates, neighborhoods, suburban areas, semiopen bushy/second growth areas in forest edges, semiopen bushy/second growth areas along rivers/lakes, semiopen bushy/second growth areas along roadways, semiopen second growth/bushy areas in savanna, semiopen second growth/bushy areas on abandoned plantations, second growth, scrub, mountain foothills

N South America & Trinidad

Males velvety crimson black w/ deep crimson throat/breast, black upper mandible, bright silver enlarged lower mandible. Females much duller w/ brownish upper body, reddish brown belly, & gray-black bill, lower mandible less prominent on female

Fruit, berries, insects, flowers, nectar

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos, wildlife centers, & aviculture

Flocks of 6-10 birds

Additional Info:

Male: Cock
Female: Hen
Young: Chick
Group: Flock

Male: 0.95 oz
Female: 0.94 oz
Young: 0.7 oz

2 weeks 

Life Span:
5-8 years in wild, 11-15 years in captivity

Male: 7.17 in
Female: 7.01 in

Body Length:
Male: 7.17 in
Female: 7.01 in

Tail Length:
Male: 3.03 in
Female: 2.97 in

Main predators are carnivorous/omnivorous mammals, predatory birds, snakes, & crocodilians.
Bulky cup nests usually built in bushes-3.28-8.2 ft off ground. Sometimes nest as high as 24 ft off ground.
Males sing to/show off at/feed females in courtship. Females solicit mating by wing fluttering/tail lifting/crouching.
Females usually lay 2-3 blotchy green-blue eggs.
Sometimes found w/ other bird species.
Active during the day (diurnal).
Sexually mature at 8 months old.
Song slow thin kick-wick & call cheeng call.
Chicks fledge at 2 weeks old but stay w/ parents for longer.
When flying, flock members follow leader closely & flick wings/tail before flying.
When threatened, they’ll assume erect & crouch posture & silently gape.
Female incubates eggs but both parents take care of chicks.

Fun Fact(s):
Gets name from silver beak said to shine even when sun not out.
Word tanager comes from Brazilian Tupi Indian word “tangara."

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