These stunning birds are endemic to Brazil, occurring in coastal lowland forests, as well as tropical shrubland. They can sometimes be found on the outskirts of cities, including Rio de Janero.
Their diet is made up mainly of fruit, and they behave aggressively towards other birds when in competition for food.
Tanagers are quite territorial, living in pairs or small groups consisting of parents and their offspring. Bright colours often make up for lack of fine song.
After building a cup-shaped nest which they camouflage amongst foliage, the female will lay two or three greenish eggs, which are covered with black spots.
Habitat destruction is a problem for many bird species in this area of Brazil. Coastal rainforests are being destroyed at a devastating rate and this has impacted on many species.
Newquay Zoo is involved with REGUA and the World Land Trust which preserves an area of rainforest in Brazil that is home to several species of tanagers and mammals including capuchin monkeys and capybara – all of which you can see onsite at Newquay Zoo. The purchase of this land will ensure its protection for future generations.
- Latin Name: Ramphocelus bresilius
- Class: Birds
- Order: Passeriformes
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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