Silver-Backed Tanager, Ollyatantambo, Peru

Return of Bird of the Week: Silver-backed Tanager


Another spectacular tanager, the Silver-backed Tanager, feeding on a berry on the grounds of the hotel where were staying. It’s also called a Silvery Tanager, but that seems less descriptive to WC. Officially it’s Tangara viridicollis, the same genus as last week’s Saffron-crowned Tanager. But that’s no particular distinction, there are fifty-some species in the genus Tangara,…

Western Tanager, Poison Creek Picnic Area, Owyhee County, Owyhee Scenic Byway

An Owyhee Photo Sampler


“Owyhee” is an early spelling of the 50th state, Hawai’i. The Owyhee Mountains, ancient volcanoes, are named by early fur trappers. In 1819, three Hawai’ian, part of Donald McKenzie’s fur-trapping expedition, were sent to trap a large stream that emptied into the Snake River. When they did not return, McKenzie investigated and found one man murdered…