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The Azure-Shouldered Tanager Is A Picture Of Dusty Blue Loveliness

Amy Pilkington 27 Jun 2020

I usually feature brightly-colored bird specimens in these articles, but just because the azure-shouldered tanager is more muted than some of the other blue birds I've highlighted, doesn't mean it's any less beautiful.

In fact, I kind of adore the dusty, purply blue hue in some of these photos enough to consider matching it for a paint color in my home.

It would be lovely in a powder room or nursery. Pale and calming, but not too pastel.

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The azure-shouldered tanager is native to Brazil, particularly along the ocean coast. They live in humid forests.

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They can often be confused with sayaca tanagers, which are also light blue.

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But the sayaca ones are more grayish and their wings aren't so bright in comparison to their bodies.

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Tanagers are omnivores, feasting on everything from fruit and seeds, to nectar, parts of flowers, and insects.

Sadly, habitat loss is making these pretty birds a rarer sight.

Azure-shouldered tanagers are currently listed as Near Threatened.

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Hopefully, more awareness of the pretty little birds will help the push towards more conservation efforts.

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Much of their habitat loss is due to urban sprawl and the clearcutting of forests to make room for agriculture and development.

h/t: eBird, IUCN Red List

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