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Newquay Zoo Bird identification

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by HarveyRain, 15 Jan 2018.

  1. HarveyRain

    HarveyRain New Member

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    Hello,
    I took this picture last year at Newquay Zoo and I've been wondering what species it was for a very long time. Any ideas? It was incredibly tame and inquisitive, pecking at my ears and playing with me for at least half an hour!

     
  2. Vision

    Vision Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a female Brazilian tanager (Ramphocelus bresilia) to me, though the belly does seem very red instead of the usual more toned down orange... Perhaps a juvenile male of that species?
     
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  3. HarveyRain

    HarveyRain New Member

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    Yes now that I've looked it up that seems right, you can see the white developing on the beak so probably juvenile male. Thanks!
     
  4. AdrianW1963

    AdrianW1963 Well-Known Member

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    Yes that is correct it's a juvenile male Brazilian Tanager just starting to show signs of Adult plumage, males can vary slightly from deep coppery to brick red chest and belly areas.