On a bird covered in glistening blue-green stones, a turquoise sheep gleams…

The stunning little songbird known as the Beryl-spangled Tanager (Tangara nigroviridis) lives in the northern Andes. Its black mask and back contrast wonderfully with the vibrant blue and green stones that cover its entire body, giving its plumage a brightly spangled turquoise appearance. No other member of the Tanager family is as easily distinguished as this one.

This bird enjoys eating fruit and nectar and can be found in the humid forests of Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil. It disperses seeds wherever it travels. As it goes about feeding, it promotes the growth of new trees. Around March, the female of this species lays 2–5 eggs in a moss-covered nest she has constructed in the fork of her preferred tree. She will keep the eggs incubated for 13 to 15 days. In between 14 and 20 days, the chicks will reach complete maturity.

The tropical areas of these nations are within the range of this bird. With this, it can be said that the Beryl-spangled Tanager not only contributes significantly to the environment of the Andes but also to the expansion and development of the forest.

An estimated 10,000 birds make up a stable population that is neither overly fragmented nor in danger. This indicates that the species is still prospering in its natural environment and is not endangered.

Overall, the Beryl-spangled Tanager is an amazing bird that not only looks stunning but also has a significant impact on the habitat it lives in. So, the next time you’re in the Andes, keep an eye out for this colourful bird and recognise the importance of the ecosystem it plays there.To raise awareness of the value and beauty of this rare species, please SHARE this article with all of your bird-loving friends and family.

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