Males and females have different coloration. Males have a blue-gray coloring throughout their entire body, with pale blue underparts, black spots on their wings and dark wingtips. Females have dark brown to cinnamon-colored feathering, pale undersides, dark-brown wingspots and an orange tail. Both males and females have a red iris and a green eye ring, pink legs and rather long tails.
These birds can be found in tropical, humid areas, and are often seen near forest edges, clearings and roadsides.
Their range extends from southeastern Mexico and parts of the Caribbean to northern Argentina and Peru.
- Be a smart consumer. Choose products made with sustainable ingredients, such as Smithsonian certified Bird Friendly coffees, which support farmers striving to limit their impact on wildlife and habitat.
- Choose your pets wisely, and do your research before bringing an animal home. Exotic animals don’t always make great pets. Many require special care and live for a long time. Tropical reptiles and small mammals are often traded internationally and may be victims of the illegal pet trade. Never release animals that have been kept as pets into the wild.
- Avoid single-use plastics, such as plastic bottles, bags and utensils. Choosing reusable options instead can help reduce plastic pollution.
- Conservation starts with you! Join a citizen science project, such as FrogWatch or Neighborhood Nestwatch, where you can help collect valuable data for scientists. Encourage your friends and family to get involved too.
- Less is more. Cut down on the demand for resources by consuming less. Buy only what you need, and look for pre-owned or repurposed items before purchasing something brand new.