A Rainbow of Tanagers, Peru Edition


WC thinks he may have invented the collective noun for tanagers: a rainbow of tanagers. There have been earlier posts on this amazingly beautiful family of birds. Here are a half dozen from WC’s recent Peru trip.

Golden Tanager

Golden Tanager

Some tanager species are more willing to come out in the open than others. This Golden Tanager was fearless in response to the promise of a fruit feeder.

Turquoise Tanager

Turquoise Tanager

By contrast, Turquoise Tanagers are quite skulky and, even in a feeding flock, rarely come out in the open.

Slaty Tanager

Slaty Tanager

Another skulky species, this fellow never gave me a clear shot of his head.

Silver-beaked Tanager

Silver-beaked Tanager

The Silver-beaked Tanager, on the other hand, is an enthusiastic feeder attendee. The bill that gives this species its name is as reflective as road signs or the stripes on running shoes.

Blue and Yellow Tanager

Blue and Yellow Tanager

The colors of the Blue and Yellow Tanager are more subtle than other tanager species, but still very nice.

Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager

Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager

This is a high altitude species; this bird was photographed just below Alta Malaga Pass, in elfin forest, at 14,200 feet.

Hooded Mountain-Tanager

Hooded Mountain-Tanager

Another upper elevation species, the striking bright red eye in the black hood really jumps out at you when you see it in the field.

Ornithologists are reconsidering whether the tanagers and mountain tanagers are as closely related as first thought. Apparently, the genetics suggest otherwise.

But they are still beautiful birds.

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