Blue Gray Tanager, Thraupis episcopus

Blue Gray Tanager, Thraupis episcopus

URBAN BIRDS OF THE PARKS, GARDENS, AND SOURROUNDING AREAS OF LOJA CITY ECUADOR. BOOK  WITH 44 COMMON SPECIES. ILLUSTRATED BY PABLO ANDRADE. WORK SUPPORTED BY JAN HINLOOPEN.

Blue gray Tanager

BLUE GRAY TANAGER

BLUE GRAY TANAGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

Blue Gray Tanager, Thraupis episcopus. Mostly below 1500 m, locally higher. A widespread , familiar, and (specially in west) often common tanager in lowlands and foothills. Most numerous in settled areas, clearing and gardens ( even ocurring in the middle of towns and cities), also ranging in borders and even canopy of forest and woodland.

In the sourroundings  of  the city of Loja is a common bird, found  also less numerous in park and gardens.

 

 

Descrption

16,5 cm. Sexes alike.  Mostly pale grayish blue, darkest on back; flight feathers broadly edged brightt. Wing-coverts vary: west of  Andes bright blue, in east mostly. In Marañón drainage most birds show white on wing coverts, but some do not. Blue Gray Tanager, Thraupis episcopus

 

Habits

Well known and conspicuos, blue – gray Tanagers will quickly become familiar though actually they are not all that common in primarily forested.

 

Voice
Song an often – heard jumble of fast, squeaky notes; calls are of similar quality and include a rising “suweee”

Information taken from the book Birds Of Ecuador of Robert Ridgely and Paul Greenfield

Blue Gray Tanager, Thraupis episcopus

 

 

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