Azure-shouldered Tanager Tangara cyanoptera
(aka Thraupis cyanoptera)

Brazilian name:
Azure-shouldered Tanager, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image Brazil

The Azure-shouldered Tanager is found in south-east Brazil although there is an old and doubtful record from Paraguay. It inhabits forest on the slopes of the Serra do Mar and is more of a forest bird than the very similar Sayaca Tanager T. sayaca. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

Azure-shouldered Tanager, Camacan, Bahia, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image Other differences from Sayaca are its heavier bill, the deep blue shoulders (which can be hard to see) and a greenish tinge to the flanks of the belly.

It is classified as Near Threatened by Birdlife International because of its relatively low population and the threat to its habitat - the canopy and borders of the Atlantic Rain Forest.

Azure-shouldered Tanager, Intervales, São Paulo, Brazil, April 2004 - click for larger image
Azure-shouldered Tanager, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
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