April 19, 2021

A Sublime Bird: The Crimson-Backed Tanager Is An Enchanting Red Bird With A Silver Beak

Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. Striking red tanager with fairly limited range in lowlands and foothills below 1,300 m. Male is overall velvety red, brightest on the flanks and rump and darker on the head. Wings and tail are black. Females are duller reddish brown. Note silver bill with swollen base of lower mandible. Unlikely to be confused in range. Typically found in small flocks in shrubby open habitats and second growth.

While many birds might think the bright red and black had more than enough impact, these birds add a shining silver beak.

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Measuring around 18 cm (7.1 in) in length, the adult male has a silver sheen on its lower mandible. Its whole head and chest are a maroon red, brightening to a bright red on its lower back and abdomen. Its wings and tail are black. The female is duller with blackish underparts.

It is found in northern and western Colombia (south to Chocó where it is uncommon), the Maracaibo Basin in Venezuela, and over most of Panama, where it extends to Chiriquí and Veraguas Provinces in the west of the country, as well as Coiba, where it is abundant, and Pearl Islands. It inhabits forest, scrub and gardens.

However, while the females of the species also have the beautiful feathers, they were saddled with a basic black bill.

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The males have a bright crimson back along with a white lower mandible (bill). The plumage of the females and juveniles are a rich brown.

Their eggs are blue, with fine dark dots, but not enough nests have been found to know for sure how many are laid per season.

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Fortunately, they aren’t in any danger of extinction right now, listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List with little signs of habitat erosion.

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Crimson-back tanagers are native to Central and South America, most commonly to Colombia, Panama, and Venezuela.


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Ramphocelus dimidiatus• Crimson-backed Tanager• Toche Pico de Plata• 🐦🐤🐥🌿🌳🍀🌱🌻 El sangre de toro encendido, asoma terciopelo, tángara dorsirroja o toche pico de plata (Ramphocelus dimidiatus) es una especie de ave paseriforme de la familia Thraupidae, que se encuentra en Colombia, Panamá y Venezuela. Vive en los bordes del bosque húmedo, claros con arbustos y áreas cultivadas, por debajo de los 1.700 m de altitud. Se encuentra en el norte, nororiente y occidente de Colombia (Chocó y occidente del Valle del Cauca, Norte de Santander, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta la cuenca del lago Maracaibo en Venezuela y en la mayor parte de Panamá. Mide 18 cm de longitud. El pico del macho adulto presenta la mandíbula blanca plateada brillante y gruesa; Su cabeza, dorso y pecho son de color rojo grana y rojo carmesí brillante a los lados la espalda, en la grupa y en el vientre. Las alas, la cola y el centro del abdomen son de color negro. La hembra se diferencia porque tiene todo el pico negruzco, la garganta y el pecho negros y el rojo de la cabeza y las partes superiores opaco, aunque presenta rojo nítido en el abdomen y la grupa. La hembra pone dos huevos azules con puntos oscuros. #your_best_birds#wildlife#best_birds_of_world#birds#birdsofcolombia#avesdecolombia#your_best_birds#birdsofinstagram#bestbirdshots#Wildbird#Yearofthebird#birdyourworld#speciesofbirds#birdwatchExperiencie#Birds_adored#macrophoto#best_birds_of_ig#naturehippys_birds#nuts_about_birds#Excellent_Nature#birds_adored#planetbirds#bird_brilliance#splendid_nature#feather_perfection#pocket_birds#best_birds_of_world #Ramphocelusdimidiatus #CrimsonbackedTanager #TochePicodePlata

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