Ramphocelus bresilius (*)
Ramphocelus bresilius (Linnaeus, 1766)
Syst. Nat. ed.12 p.314
The Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. It is endemic to Brazil, occurring in the coastal region from Paraíba and southwards to Santa Catarina. Its natural habitats are mostly Atlantic coast restingas, including also subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest.
A frugivorous bird, it's easily found in its natural biome wherever there's food enough available, tending to behave aggressively towards other species of birds when disputing for food. Can be seem in cities, as in the vicinity of the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, at the jogging track named for Cláudio Coutinho , which skirts the park at the mountain's base.
Nests by building a cup-shaped nest hidden amongst foliage, where it lays two to three greenish-blue, black-spotted eggs.
* BirdLife International 2004. Ramphocelus bresilius. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 27 July 2007.
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