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Alternative name: Swallow-Tanager

Photo © by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Brasilia, Brazil
Tersina viridis


Female is a yellow-green, with horizontal green stripes on sides of breast.
Male a brighter turquoise-green, with a small deep black face and upper throat patch.


Depending on perhaps light or perhaps geographical variation, this species (and especially males) are sometimes much more blue, without green tones.


Photo © of female by Jamfaraco
Photo taken: Morrinhos, Coxilha Rica, Lages-SC/ Brazil, December 2006

Central and South America:
Central America: Panama and Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina



Three subspecies are recognized1:

  • T. v. occidentalis:
  • T. v. grisescens:
  • Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia)
  • T. v. viridis:


Forests (gallery and forest edges), savanas and gardens.



Swallow-like flight from high exposed branches.


The diet includes insects caught on the wing, and large fruits, particularly the fruit of Embaúba tree.

Up to 100 non-breeding birds can be found in large foraging flocks.


They nest in sandbanks, tree holes and wall crevices.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum member observations

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