|Azure-shouldered Tanager Tangara cyanoptera
(aka Thraupis cyanoptera)
Brazilian name: Sanhaçu-de-encontro-azul
The Azure-shouldered Tanager is found in south-east Brazil although there is an old and doubtful record from Paraguay. It inhabits forest on the slopes of the Serra do Mar and is more of a forest bird than the very similar Sayaca Tanager T. sayaca. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
|Other differences from Sayaca are its heavier bill, the deep blue shoulders (which can be hard to see) and a
greenish tinge to the flanks of the belly.
It is classified as Near Threatened by Birdlife International because of its relatively low population and the threat to its habitat - the canopy and borders of the Atlantic Rain Forest.
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