It might be the most widely distributed and common species of tanager. But it’s still a very handsome bird.
At almost any location between southeastern Mexico and central South America, it’s a familiar presence at forest edges, in second-growth forests and along roads and rivers. It can even be found in urban parks and gardens. Blue-gray Tanagers prefer semi-open habitats; they are not found in interior of closed canopy forest, but they can quickly colonize fresh clearings. The habitat preference means they are one of the most common tanagers around human-impacted areas.
They are flexible as well in their diet, eating a wide variety of fruit, and also foraging for arthropods. They are easily attracted to bird feeders that offer fruit. Males and females are identical, but juveniles are drabber. There are fourteen (!) subspecies.
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