The Red-necked Tanager: a stunning sight


Latin name:Tangara cyanocephala Unique colorful feature: Bright red neck Where they are found: Eastern South America Size: Length: 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm); Weight: 28 ounces (8 g); Wingspan: 2.5 inches (62 mm) Diet: fruit and insectsTo see the red-necked tanager you may need to plan a canopy tour in eastern Brazil, Paraguay or northeastern Argentina.

Considered one of the  most colorful birds in the world


, this vibrant tanager loves hanging out in the treetops and eating various fruits and insects.

Sporting what looks like a red scarf around its neck, this dandy is also decked out with bright green underparts, yellowish-orange wings (with contrasting black feathers), and a brilliant blue/violet crown and throat.

Both male and female look similar although the male is much flashier.

These pretty tanagers are monogamous and lay between 2 and 4 eggs at a time.


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