Paradise tanager

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Paradise tanager
Tangara chilensis -Denver Zoo-8a.jpg
At Denver Zoo, USA
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Tangara
Species: T. chilensis
Binomial name
Tangara chilensis
Vigors, 1832

The paradise tanager (Tangara chilensis) is a brilliantly multicolored, medium-sized songbird whose length varies between 13.5 and 15 cm. It has a light green head, sky blue underparts and black upper body plumage. Depending on subspecies, the rump is yellow and red or all red. The beak is black and the legs are grey.

Found in humid tropical and subtropical forests in the western and northern Amazon Basin in South America, it occurs in Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and the Guianas. Despite its scientific name, it is not found in Chile.

The paradise tanager is common throughout its range. It is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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