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Sayaca Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Fabio
Porto Alegre, Brazil, September 2005
Thraupis sayaca

Tangara sayaca


Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Curitiba, PR, Brazil, December 2016

Length: 16–17 cm (6¼-6¾ in); A pale grey and blue tanager with a short, thick bill.

  • Uniformly dull grey head and upperparts, slightly tinged bluish
  • Slightly paler throat and breast gradually fading to dull greyish-white on belly
  • Almost white undertail-coverts
  • Blue wings
  • Dark brown eye
  • Dusky grey bill

Sexes similar. Immature are darker and dingier and almost identical to immatures of Blue-grey Tanager.

Similar species

Slightly greyer than Blue-grey Tanager and without white in wings.


South America: present in east and south Brazil. Also north Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and far south-western Peru.
Widespread and common to locally abundant.


May form a superspecies with Blue-grey Tanager and Glaucous Tanager and is sometimes considered conspecific with theses species.


Three subspecies recognized[1]:


A variety of habitats, both dry and humid, from the edge of the forest and spots of capoeiras to gardens in cities, trees and shrubs in agricultural regions.


They live in groups of about 6 individuals.


Their diet consists mostly of fruits, seeds, leaves and buds; also insects in the foliage or flight.


The bowl-shaped nest is situated at a height between 1,5 and 4 m. They lay 2 bluish or pink eggs with brown spots.


Partially migratory.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781

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