Spotted Tanager 2
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|The Emerald Spotted Tanager|
The Spotted Tanager inhabits deeply forested areas in The Guianas, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and a small area on the fringe of northern Brazil.
Subspecies: There are 5 sub-species of which the difference I do not know.
Plumage Colouration: The main colour of this exquisite little bird is Grass green with the belly Creamy white, with all of the body flecked with black.
Sub-adults are similar to the adults apart from the colour is a dirty washed out version of the adults with a browny wash.
Sexing: Both sexes are virtually identical except that the colour of the female is a little washed out compared to the cock and the black flecking is less prominent.
Another way of sexing a lot of Tanagers fairly reliably is to note the shape of the head, the cock bird has a flat head and the hens is more rounded.
Feeding: The main diet for all Tanagers is fruit, livefood, insectivorous mixture and nectar when breeding or first imported.
FRUIT: Pears (Conference pears) and apples (Golden Delicious) cut in half and the cores cut out. Pomegranite cut in half and popped open to expose all the fruit inside.
Banana, Seedless Grapes and Papaya.
LIVEFOOD:Buffalo and Mini Mealworms, Small Brown Crickets, Waxworms and Fruit Flies.
INSECTIVOROUS MIXTURE:The best I have found is Haiths Prosecto Insectivorous from Haiths in Cleethorpes.
NECTAR: (Only give nectar when first imported or when breeding.)
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I find the items in the feed dish a bit distracting as part are over exposed, but the little bird is delightful. Lovely pose and beautiful plumage colours.