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tanagers and relatives

Genera Incertae Sedis (12:69)

Tanagers and their relatives is a group of 69 species of birds found mostly in Central and South America, although there are a few species that are found in North America. Most tanagers are omnivorous, eating seeds, fruits, and insects as they are available. Many tanager species are known for their exceptionally brilliant coloring of males, females tend to be dull in color. The North American species are migratory, wintering in South and Central America.


Tanya Dewey (author), Animal Diversity Web.



uses sound to communicate

bilateral symmetry

having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.


uses smells or other chemicals to communicate


animals that generate their own body heat through metabolic processes.


offspring are produced in more than one group (litters, clutches, etc.) and across multiple seasons (or other periods hospitable to reproduction). Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons (or periodic condition changes).


having the capacity to move from one place to another.


reproduction in which eggs are released by the female; development of offspring occurs outside the mother's body.


reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female


uses touch to communicate


uses sight to communicate

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Dewey, T. . "Genera Incertae Sedis (12:69)" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed April 23, 2014 at

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