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Paradise Tanager: One of the most beautiful birds on planet

Paradise Tanager

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With a brightly multi-colored body the Paradise Tanager is indeed one of the most beautiful birds and a treat to the eyes. The Paradise Tanager is endowed by seven different colors making it stand out and thus easily identifiable. That it is also a songbird further makes the Paradise Tanager much sought after by bird and nature lovers. The Paradise Tanager is found in humid tropical and sub-tropical forests of the Amazon Basin in South America and is seen in countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru & Venezuela.

The bird has been categorized under 4 subspecies based on the color of their rump, which is either entirely red or a mix of red and yellow.  Known to be highly social and restless, they are usually seen in flocks of 5 – 20 and rarely stay in one area for very long.  They generally feed on fruits (fruit pulp, seeds) but also consume insects (grasshoppers, spiders, crickets), although instances of the latter are much less.

Both sexes of the Paradise Tanager look alike and it is extremely difficult to differentiate between the males and the females through appearance. Studying the bird’s behavior, it is established that the male tends to sing more often than the female. The female is primarily responsible for nest building, while the male would accompany the female when she is gathering nesting materials.  The male may even or sing or call nearby the nesting site while the female is busy building the nest. There have also been some reports where both the male and female have jointly built the nest.

The sheer brilliant colors have also ensured that Paradise Tanagers have been captured from their natural habitat to be made pets although a great deal of high and proper daily care is required to ensure stable health.

Some reports suggest a declining trend in the population of Paradise Tanager, however, they are yet not considered as `threatened species’.

   

Birds, the flying beauties on the earth

In this world, we have been gifted by our God with many beautiful things around. There are thousands of birds, animals and other living organisms that are so beautiful that while seeing them one can think of the birds from heavens.

Although there are thousands of beautiful species of birds and animals in this world but we are going to explore some birds today that are far from the world’s eyes and not much known to common people. Hope you’ll like them.

Cape Petrel:

 

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Cape Petrel is a common sea bird that is found in many islands of Antarctica. They are very beautiful and have a very eye-catching color scheme with black and white colors in it. They are also called as Cape Pigeon or Pintado Petrel.

Eurasian Teal:

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This wonderful species of dabbling-ducks are inhabitant to Eurasia and they migrate towards south in winter and they can be found in almost all countries while migrating. They are blue-green in colour.

Kookaburra:

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Kookaburra is a species of Kingfisher that is commonly found in New Guinea and Australia. Along with their beauty, they are famous for their loud voice that is amazingly resembles to human laughter.

Red-billed Streamertail:

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Red-billed Streamertail is a beautiful and colorful member of hummingbird family. It is found in Jamaica and often called as Doctor Bird. It is the national bird of Jamaica. It was also called as the most beautiful Bird in the world in Ian Fleming’s James Bond Short Story.

Himalayan Bluetail:

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Himalayan Bluetail is a beautiful bird that is found in the forests of Himalaya and Tibet. They are generally blue in colour but some of the females are also grey. They are also known as Himalayan Red-flanked Bush-Robin.