The opal-rumped tanager will gladly mingle with other tropical rainforest birds. It can be seen flying from tree to tree in search of fruits, berries and insects. At the Biodôme, the tanagers eat various fruit (apples, pears, grapes, plantains, blueberries, raspberries, etc.), insects (meal worms, fruit flies and crickets), mashed egg yolk and commercial fruit-based bird feed.
To the right of the cotton-top tamarin habitat, between the big artificial tree and the stream, there is a fig tree. In season, the fig tree is laden with fruit, and the tanagers and cotingas have a feast.
Because they eat insects, the opal-rumped tanagers are very useful at the Biodôme; they attack pest insects as soon as they appear in the Biodôme’s tropical rainforest, thus helping to preserve it.
At the moment, we have six male opal-rumped tanagers in our tropical rainforest.