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Emerald Tanager Tangara florida

Bertrand Clark Austin and Kevin J. Burns
Version: 1.0 — Published December 2, 2011



Pair bond: Not much is known about the specifics of Emerald Tanager sexual behavior. In the case of the closely related Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala), mated pairs can be found year-round, althoug these bonds can become looser after mating season (Skutch 1954: 229). The Emerald Tanager has a mating season ranging from March to May in Costa Rica (Stiles and Skutch 1989) and January to April in Colombia (Isler and Isler 1987).

Nest: Little is known about reproductive behaviors of the Emerald Tanager. In Colombia, two mossy cup nests were found 8 and 12 m off the ground on branches covered with moss and epiphytes (Isler and Isler 1987). In Costa Rica two nests were observed about that appeared to be made from moss, one a small burrow within the moss on a branch, and the other made from a ball of moss with a small cup about 1.5 m from the ground (Isler and Isler 1987).

Eggs: There have been only a limited number of reports involving eggs, and none include egg color or shape. In all observations, the Emerald Tanager lays 2 eggs (Hilty and Brown 1986, Isler and Isler 1987). The sister species the Silver-throated Tanager lays dull white or grayish eggs that have brown mottling concentrated on the larger end of the egg (Skutch 1954).

Incubation: No information.

Parental care: There is one observation of a pair of Emerald Tanagers carrying insects and fruit to a nest in Colombia (Isler and Isler 1987).

Cooperative breeding: No information.

Brood parasitism: No information.

Recommended Citation

Austin, B. C. and K. J. Burns (2011). Emerald Tanager (Tangara florida), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.emetan1.01