As everyone knows, the tanager family (Thraupidae) has some of the most colorful birds. In the first part we saw a number of them, so here are the rest from this remarkable trip.
The Bangsia genus consists of just 5 species of tanagers. These are birds of the mountains and until recently some of them have been rarely seen. These tanagers have relatively short tails. One of them is resident in Costa Rica and Panama, the Blue-and-gold Tanager. I saw and photographed it earlier this year. in Costa Rica. The other 4 are in Colombia and 2 are endemic and we saw both at Tatama National Park in the cloud forest.
The 6" Black-and-gold Tanager (Bangsia melanochlamys) is more common than the next one, but it still is an uncommon bird and is #8 on the list of most sought after birds in Colombia. It is listed as vulnerable. This was a lifer.
|Gold-ringed Tanager - male|
|Gold-ringed Tanager - female|
|Swallow Tanager - male|
The female is green and she lacks the black face.
Swallow Tanager - female
I have updated my tanager family photos and have 97 of the 370 species here.
Happy birding and photography,
photos copyright 2006 - 2017 David McDonald
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