The striking Grass Green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferii) is a small passerine bird. This bird belongs to tanager family. This is beautifully distinctive and well-named bird and the only member of the genus Chloronis. The Grass Green bird is 20 cm in length and weighs 53g This species lives in around subtropical and found temperate forests in the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru at elevations of 1500–3350 m.
Grass Green Tanager bird is often seen in mixed species flocks, and usually travels in pairs or in groups of 3-6 individuals. Grass Green Tanager forages mostly on upper half of short trees and eats fruits and insects. It is recognized as perch almost horizontally. The nest is made of mosses and ferns, and its eggs are gray with light purple-grey dots. The birds mash larger or tough-skinned fruits with there bills to get at the pulp inside, discarding the skin.
The generic name derives from the Greek words khloros, which means green and ornis, which means bird. Almost the full bird is clad in bright green. It is relieved only by the chestnut face mask and ventral region. While both the chunky bill, and the legs and feet are deep red. It is one of the most impressive tanagers in the cloud forest. Grass Green Tanager is not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of range.
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Originally posted 2016-09-08 10:15:49.