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The Paradise Tanager, Tangara chilensis is found in humid tropical and subtropical forests in the western and northern Amazon Basin in South America, it occurring in Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and the Guianas.
Adult: Sexes similar. The head is a bright light green.Nape, upper back, wings, uppertail and undertail coverts, tail, and central belly all black. Lower back in this species is yellow in color; rump yellow or red, depending upon subspecies. Chin and throat are dark blue along with the greater primary coverts; the breast and flanks are a lighter blue. Depending upon subspecies, the upper wing coverts may be light sea-blue or dark blue.
Juvenile: Similar to that of adult. The lower back and rump are yellow or orange. The lesser wing-coverts are black instead of sea-blue. The head is green speckled with black, the chin is turquoise, and the blue of breast and flanks is more turquoise in color with some black speckling
Keeping a Paradise Tanager
The bird should be kept on as high a level as possible, in a large and well-planted cage, with water to wash in. Ideally, the nesting box should contain grass, leaves, pieces of bark, moss and other debris such as the fibers of coconuts. The bird likes to hide in corners and build its nest in thick bushes or shrubbery. Typically lays two or three eggs and has an incubation period of a couple of weeks.
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