|Blue-grey Tanager Tangara episcopus
(aka Thraupis episcopus)
|Brazil and Colombia
The Blue-grey Tanager is the northern and western replacement of the Sayaca Tanager T. sayaca to which it is very similar. Indeed, they are so similar that a case could be made for lumping them together, however their voices are different.
|There are 14 subspecies which tend to have different shades of blue to white on the shoulders. The first photo is of a bird at Caxiuanã, Pará so is probably the nominate subspecies, T. e. episcopus. Here we can see that the shoulder is almost white and the wings are noticeably blue while the rest of the bird is indeed blue-grey.|
|The second photo was taken in Brazil just south of the Amazon and just across from the Peruvian border so it is
probably T. e. coelestis and shows a very large white shoulder patch and wing-bar.
Photos 3 and 4 were taken on the western cordillera of the Colombian Andes and is the sub-species T. e. cana showing no white on the wing coverts.
|Its range stretches from southern Mexico to south of the Amazon river. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is
found in a variety of habitats from forest borders to gardens and it eats on both fruit and insects.
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