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Blue Gray

(Tangara virens)

The Blue-Gray Tanager (Thraupis virens) from Mexico, Central and South America is usually quite hardy once acclimatized.. They are terrestrial (ground dwelling) birds spending much of their time on the ground searching for small fruits and insects.

The Blue-gray Tanager is usually peaceful and quiet. It is one of the easily-bred of all tanagers in captivity.

Total length is six inches, including the two inch long tail. Both sexes are alike in general appearance, and must be sexed by their behavior.

A good diet includes soaked, dried currants and raisins, grapes, cut pear and apple, dates, figs, bananas, and halved oranges. In addition, insects (mealworms, waxworms, maggots and crickets) are appreciated.