domingo, 27 de outubro de 2013



The bell-blue is a passerine bird in the Emberizidae family. Also known as Bluebird of the cerrado and Azulinho-peas-of-gold. It is a typical Cerrado species, which usually live in open environment of grasses, low shrubs and trees.
It is considered as the next species extinction threat also for the rapid conversion of Cerrado areas for human activities (BirdLife International 2004).

It measures about 13 inches long. The adult male stands out the exuberance of its vibrant blue color, this completely in your body and giving its scientific name (caerulescens) meaning "the color of the sky" in Latin. The male also distinguished by the intense yellow color of its beak. The female has predominantly brown color, camouflaging themselves with the environment. Juveniles, similar in color to female, are gaining blue tone as they become mature.

Hunting their food foraging on rocky field bush drain, where also small handle flights to catch insects.

While playing the male singing on a perch near the nest to delimit the territory. The nest is in bowl shape and made with dried grass a few inches off the ground, amid bushes. The eggs are white with brown spots and other color black. The male helps to feed the nestlings but does not participate in incubation, with its colorful flashy blue and bright yellow beak, a lot of attention and can be an easy target for predators. The brown color of the female allows you a good camouflage when incubating. Their coloring is very similar to color of dried grasses used in making the nest and where it is built. Has an average of 2 litters per season with 3 eggs each, the incubation lasts 14 days and the chicks leave the nest nine days after birth.

It inhabits areas of open savannah with stones and grass drain (Sick 1997).

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