The Blue Saki – Amazing Seed Disperser – By Dmitri Allicock

The Blue Saki – Amazing Seed Disperser – By Dmitri Allicock

Blue Saki

The Blue Saki

The  blue-gray Tanager songbird (Thraupis episcopus) known as the Blue Saki in Guyana, is among the commonest  frugivore species of birds found there and have a range to as far north as Mexico to  Argentina in the south. The Blue Saki of Guyana rates very high on the list of seeds dispersal birds’ primarily due to its diet of mostly fruits.

Many accounts of travel in Guyana tell of flashes of bright colorful birds to be seen in the forest as a wide variety fly through this thickly wooded country. The Blue Saki is one bird that can however be easily missed due to its striking azure blue appearance blended against the background of blue sky and dazzling sunlight.   

The Blue Saki measures to about six inches, including its two-inch-long tail. The head, throat and under parts are a pale gray with a greenish-blue tinge. The tail and wings are a fabulous

bright blue and its back is a darker royal blue. While both sexes are similar in appearance, the color of the female is generally duller and grayer than that of the male.

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  • Dmitri Allicock  On August 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  • Cliff Thomas  On August 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Dmitri very enjoyable on the Blue Saki and the track Not a blade of grass by the Tradewins. I remembered years ago when the President at that time said not a blade of grass then the Venezuela took away Ankoko Island – apart of Guyana. We can all laugh now, but it was serious as Venezuela presumptiously claimed nearly 4/5 of our land although this matter was settled since 1899 with five signatures attached to the document including Venezuela. Since Chavez took over the Govt in Venezuela things have changed for the better in Guyana and rightly so.
    So these are the birds(blue Saki) that invade my Sapadilla fruits when they are half ripe with the result I have to pick them when the fruits are green and put them to ripe. Birds must live but they must leave some of the fruits for me.

    • Dmitri Allicock  On August 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      So true Cliff, slingshot days, the birds invaded with other friends like the parrot and others.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On August 25, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Another engaging article from Dmitri. Thanks. A beautiful bird!

    • Dmitri Allicock  On August 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Rosaliene and great to hear from you.

  • Nilofar Singh  On August 25, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Such wealth of information. Thanks for all your very interesting articles.

    • Dmitri Allicock  On August 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you Nilofar.

  • Deen  On August 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Dmitri, one cannot write about the natural beauty of Guyana without mentioning its colorful birds especially the Kiskadee and the Blue Saki. Your article about the Blue Saki was nostalgic. It reminded me of my boyhood days and my skill with the slingshot. Your pictures had a professional touch….the Blue Saki seemed very vivid and colorful.. Thanks for dispersing this special piece on “the amazing seed disperser.”

    • Dmitri Allicock  On August 28, 2013 at 12:28 am

      Bless you Deen and it is always a pleasure to hear from you.

  • Kayla McAllister  On April 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks for the imformation, was very useful to me

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