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Silver-beaked Tanager

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Genus: Ramphocelus
  • Species: carbo
Fun Fact

Silver-beaked tanager gets its name from its silver beak that is said to shine even when the sun is not out.

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About Silver-beaked Tanagers

The silver-beaked tanager looks black when the sun is not out, but when it is out they are a dark velvety maroon color. The female bird is much duller with a black beak. They can be found in both pairs and groups that average around seven birds. This bird is known for its beauty, but it also has a very distinctive call.

These birds build bulky nests in the bushes and usually lay two blotchy green-blue eggs. The eggs are incubated by the female for 11-12 days and then fledge 11-12 days later.

Silver-beaked Tanagers in the Wild


They inhabit forest borders, estates, semi-open areas, and even some neighborhoods.


Found in northern South America, eastern Colombia and Venezuela, Paraguay and central Brazil, and Trinidad.


Silver-beaked tanagers eat primarily fruit, but will also consume insects and nectar.

Population Status

This species is listed as a species of “least concern.”

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