The Spangle-cheeked tanager is truly one-of-a-kind with its distinct features. Its bright orange belly, cobalt wings, and turquoise spangles make it stand out from other members of its species.
The spangle-checked tanager is a cute little birdie that can grow up to 13 cm or 5.1 inches in length and weigh approximately 20 g or 0.71 ounces. This adorable bird has a dark black head with a similar color breast and upper body, but its breast, face, and neck are covered with blue scales. The top of its head has a rufous crown that adds to its charm. The wings and tail of this spangle-checked tanager are outlined in a beautiful blue shade, while its rump is green, and its belly is a lovely cinnamon color.
Although males and females share a similar appearance, males possess more prominent blue scaling. When it comes to juvenile birds, they are typically less distinct than their male counterparts, lacking a crown patch and having less visible scaly features.
The species of bird named as “calliste pailleté, spangle-cheeked tanager, tangara caripinta” has been identified and documented by Chloe and Trevor Van Loon. The bird is exclusive to Costa Rica and Western Panama and can be found in these regions.
These feathered creatures have a preference for residing in the uppermost layer of the forest, specifically within an altitude range of 1,200 to 3,000 meters or 3,900 to 9,800 feet, where they can find a plethora of epiphytes. However, they are also known to inhabit less elevated spaces such as semi-open areas, forest perimeters, and regenerating woodlands.
The spangle-cheeked tanager has a preference for fruits as their primary food source, although they are not averse to consuming insects and spiders. They tend to swallow their prey whole.
During their breeding season, these feathered creatures construct a nest with a distinct cup shape. Typically, they choose a spot on a tree fork or branch, often located among epiphytes. The interior of the nest is lined with bromeliad leaves, providing a suitable place for the laying of two eggs.
The IUCN Red List classifies this feathered creature as being of minimum concern.
Take a look at this delightful bird captured in the video down below: