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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Patrick Karnes

Speckled Tanager Posing Beautifuly

This subtropical tanager occurs in Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia and the extreme north of Brazil.

Its habitat consists of humid montane and secondary forest, with a dense understory.

These social birds are often seen with Bay-headed Tanagers and honeycreepers.


They built small cup nests in trees. The average clutch consists of two brown-blotched white eggs. The eggs are incubated by the female for about 13 - 14 days at which time the young hatch. The chicks stay in the nest for about 14 - 18 days.


They are a medium-sized passerine bird and resident breeder in Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad, Venezuela, Colombia and the extreme north of Brazil. It is probably a close relative of the Spotted Tanager (T. punctata) which replaces it to the south.

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