(Ramphocelus bresilius)

FUN FACT

The male's plumage is bright red with black wings and tail feathers. They also have a white spot at the base of their short, strong beak. They acquire this attractive plumage in their second year. The female is slightly duller.

Distribution

Endemic to Brazil.

Habitat

The Brazilian Tanager's native habitat is coastal "restingas" -- forests which form on sand, acidic, and nutrient-poor soils -- but they can sometimes be seen in cities with large, well-wooded parks.

Diet

Brazilian Tanagers are frugivores, meaning their diet consists exclusively of fruits.

Breeding

They build a cup shaped nest on branches in trees. The entrance is usually on the side of the nest. The clutch size is 3-5 eggs which the female incubates.

Status

Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

See the Brazilian Tanagers in our Wetlands of the Americas exhibit.