Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)
Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad
Nancy took this picture the first full day of a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.
This is a common large,
drab tanager, about 7½ inches long and weighing 1.3 ounces. The sexes appear similar, but females may be slightly paler. They are habitat generalists, found around open shrubby areas, gardens, and forest edges, often around palm trees, ranging from Nicaraqua through Brazil, including Trinidad (and Tobago since 1962).
Palm tanagers are social, and often noisy. They are found usually in pairs or small flocks, commonly in association with other species. They eat a wide variety of fruit, as well as insects (including caterpillars). They build a bulky nest in a tree, typically a palm, but sometimes will build their nest under the eaves of a house. The female will incubate their three eggs for 14 days. Chicks fledge in around 17 days.
Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 360mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/8 for 1/45 sec at ISO 500.
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