Brazilian tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius)

brazilian tanager

You can spot the Brazilian tanagers in Tropical House.

Fast facts

Status Least Concern

Size Height: 18 cm

Weight 27.9 - 35.5 g

Gestation 13 days

Young 2-3 eggs are laid

What do I eat?

Brazilian tanagers are omnivores. They eat a variety of foods including fruit, seeds and insects.

Where do I live?

This species is found in Brazil and Argentina. They inhabit a range of habitats including shrubland, wetlands, the edges of woodlands, parks, and gardens.


Brazilian tanagers weave nests of grasses, vines and other fibres. They build them in bushes, low trees or in tufts of marsh grass.  They lay two or three eggs which are greenish-blue with black and grey markings. The chicks are fed by both parents. 


This species is not considered globally threatened and are shielded from many potential threats. This is because they are found in many protected areas and can survive in urban areas. In addition, they can live in a variety of habitats including disturbed habitats.

Did you know?

Shiny cowbirds often lay their eggs in the nests of these tanagers so the tanager parents unwittingly end up caring for the cowbird chicks.


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