TANAGERS   -   THRAUPIDAE   -   PART II

Thraupis tanagers to Tangara tanagers


Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus
Blue-gray Tanager
Thraupis episcopus quaesita
Mirador Rio Blanco, Los Bancos, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A common and familiar bird throughout the northern parts of the neotropics. This is an example of one of the races with no white in the wings. (S8)


Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus
Blue-gray Tanager
Thraupis episcopus coelestis
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Several of the races east of the Andes have big white patches in their wings. (S6)


Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus
Blue-gray Tanager
Thraupis episcopus coelestis
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
I'm not sure who was more miserable! There were two fledglings in the nest, and they left the nest two days later. (S6)


Glaucous Tanager - Thraupis glaucocolpa
Glaucous Tanager
Thraupis glaucocolpa
20km south of Calabozo, Guárico state, Venezuela.
A bird very similar to the Blue-gray Tanager, but with a very gray face & back and a white belly. It occurs mainly in the Llanos and the arid littoral of Venezuela and Colombia. (D3)


Sayaca Tanager - Thraupis sayaca
Sayaca Tanager
Thraupis sayaca sayaca
São Roque de Minas, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
The common Thraupis of eastern South America, replacing Blue-gray Tanager T. episcopus east and south of the Amazon. (S5)


Azure-shouldered Tanager - Thraupis cyanoptera
Azure-shouldered Tanager
Thraupis cyanoptera
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Rather similar to the sympatric Sayaca Tanager (T. sayaca), above. The easiest way to tell them apart is by the dark loral patch of the Azure-shouldered; Sayaca has a very white face that gives it a blank expression. Azure-shouldered also has (on average) a thicker bill and more blue on the wings. (S8)


Golden-chevroned Tanager - Thraupis ornata
Golden-chevroned Tanager
Thraupis ornata
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Male. This brightly-colored tanager, arguably the prettiest of the genus, is endemic to the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil. (S6)


Golden-chevroned Tanager - Thraupis ornata
Golden-chevroned Tanager
Thraupis ornata
Itororó Lodge, Varginha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Female. (S8)



Palm Tanager - Thraupis palmarum
Palm Tanager
Thraupis palmarum melanoptera
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
One of the most common and widespread of the tropical tanagers. (S11)


Palm Tanager - Thraupis palmarum
Palm Tanager
Thraupis palmarum atripennis
El Rancho de Jairo (restaurant), Km 31 Mosquera-La Mesa highway, Cundinamarca, Colombia.
(S8)


Blue-capped Tanager - Thraupis cyanocephala
Blue-capped Tanager
Thraupis cyanocephala cyanocephala
Tandayapa Valley, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
This colorful bird is found widely in montane cloudforest in South America. (S8)


Vermilion Tanager - Calochaetes coccineus
Vermilion Tanager
Calochaetes coccineus
Old Loja-Zamora highway, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
A beautiful and infrequently seen tanager of middle elevation cloud forest on the east slope of the Andes from southern Colombia to central Peru. Since it wasn't immediately consuming the fruit, I suspect it was gathering food for young. (S5)


Black-and-gold Tanager - Bangsia melanochlamys
Black-and-gold Tanager
Bangsia melanochlamys
Las Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen, Chocó department, Colombia.
This beautiful tanager is endemic to the western and central Andes of Colombia. (S6)


Golden-chested Tanager - Bangsia rothschildi
Golden-chested Tanager
Bangsia rothschildi
La Unión, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
Feeding in a fruiting Melastome tree. This striking tanager is found in very wet rainforest in low foothills at the western base of the Andes in Ecuador and Colombia. It was surprisingly common at this site. (S8)


Moss-backed Tanager - Bangsia edwardsi
Moss-backed Tanager
Bangsia edwardsi
Amaguza reserve, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Another member of the genus Bangsia, which is mostly endemic to the Chocó region. The only member that isn't is the Blue-and-gold Tanager, B. arcaei, of Costa Rica and Panama. (S8)


Moss-backed Tanager - Bangsia edwardsi
Moss-backed Tanager
Bangsia edwardsi
Amaguza reserve, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Presumable an immature. (S8)


Gold-ringed Tanager - Bangsia aureocincta
Gold-ringed Tanager
Bangsia aureocincta
Las Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen, Chocó department, Colombia.
Endemic to the western Andes of Colombia. While this fantastic tanager can locally be quite common, for many years it was rarely or ever seen, since it occured in areas that were formerly unsafe for birders and ornithologists to visit due to the presence of guerilla forces. Thanks to Colombia's remarkable turnaround in the last eight years, this is now a species that visitors can safely observe. (S6)


Orange-throated Tanager - Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron
Orange-throated Tanager
Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron
Shaime, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
A very localized tanager occuring in southern Ecuador and northern Peru. It was only described in 1964. Interestingly, the areas where it is found tend to be in disturbed forest and forest edge, which leads me to wonder if it might actually start expanding its range as deforestation continues in it's remote and still mostly pristine world range. (S6)


Black-chested Mountain-Tanager - Cnemathraupis eximia
Black-chested Mountain-Tanager
Cnemathraupis eximia chloronota
Yanacocha reserve, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
One of the gaudiest of the mountain-tanagers, and the only one with any green plumage. Yanacocha is the best place in the world that I know of to see it; you can find them on most visits. (S8)


Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager - Cnemathraupis aureodorsalis
Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager
Cnemathraupis aureodorsalis
Bosque Unchog, Huáunuco department, Peru.
One of the most spectacular of all South American birds. It is restricted to a small area in the high Andes of central Peru. (S8)


Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager - Cnemathraupis aureodorsalis
Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager
Cnemathraupis aureodorsalis
Bosque Unchog, Huáunuco department, Peru.
Foraging in the lichen-covered branches of the elfin forest. (S8)


Grass-green Tanager - Chlorornis riefferii
Grass-green Tanager
Chlorornis riefferii riefferii
Upper Tandayapa Valley, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A shockingly colorful and wonderfully unique tanager of Andean cloudforests. There is nothing really similar to it. (S8)


Hooded Mountain-Tanager - Buthraupis montana
Hooded Mountain-Tanager
Buthraupis montana cucullata
Tapichalaca Reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
A common and easily recognizable tanager of high elevation Andean forests south to Bolivia. (S7)


Masked Mountain-Tanager - Buthraupis wetmorei
Masked Mountain-Tanager
Buthraupis wetmorei
Papallacta, Pichincha, Ecuador.
A very localized bird found only in the high Andes from southern Colombia to northern Peru. It is restricted to stunted treeline forest. (S11)


Masked Mountain-Tanager - Buthraupis wetmorei
Masked Mountain-Tanager
Buthraupis wetmorei
Papallacta, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Same bird as above. (S11)


Black-cheeked Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus melanogenys
Black-cheeked Mountain-Tanager
Anisognathus melanogenys
San Lorenzo ridge, Sierra de Santa Marta, Magdalena department, Colombia.
Endemic to the Santa Marta mountains of northern Colombia. (S11)


Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus igniventris
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager
Anisognathus igniventris erythronotus
Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A common and colorful Andean species. (S8)


Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus notabilis
Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager
Anisognathus notabilis
Refugio Paz de las Aves, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
An uncommon Chocó endemic, restricted to very wet mid-elevation cloudforest from W Colombia to W Ecuador. (S8)


Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus notabilis
Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager
Anisognathus notabilis
Refugio Paz de las Aves, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
(S6)

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus somptuosus
Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager
Anisognathus somptuosus cyanopterus
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A very widespread and often common tanager in the tropical Andes of South America, as well as the coastal range of Venezuela. (S7)


Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager - Dubusia taeniata
Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager
Dubusia taeniata taeniata
Papallacta, Napo province, Ecuador
This beauty lives in high elevation cloudforest in the northern Andes, with an isolated race in Colombia's Santa Marta mountains. It's a little bit shyer than the other mountain-tanagers it occurs with, but they still sometimes come out into the open, especially when moving with a mixed species flock. (S6)


Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager - Dubusia taeniata
Buff-breasted Mountain-Tanager
Dubusia taeniata stictocephala
Bosque Unchog, Huánuco department, Peru.
This subspecies is endemic to central Peru. The turquoise striping on the head is much more extensive compared to the nominate race. A proposal to split this taxon failed to pass the SACC (proposal 392), primarily because of lack of published data on vocalizations, which are a bit different. (S8)


Rufous-bellied Saltator - Saltator rufiventris
Rufous-bellied Mountain-Tanager
Pseudosaltator rufiventris
La Cuesta del Obispo, Salta province, Argentina.
An uncommon and very local species of the high Andes from Bolivia to northern Argentina. Until very recently, it was included in the genus Saltator and called Rufous-bellied Saltator. A new genus has now been erected fort his odd species. (S8)


Rufous-bellied Saltator - Saltator rufiventris
Rufous-bellied Mountain-Tanager
Pseudosaltator rufiventris
La Cuesta del Obispo, Salta province, Argentina.
Either the same bird as above or its mate. They were eating leaves of small plants at the side of the road. (S8)


Diademed Tanager - Stephanophorus diadematus
Diademed Tanager
Stephanophorus diadematus
Pico da Caledônia, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
(S7)


Purplish-mantled Tanager - Iridosornis porphyrocephalus
Purplish-mantled Tanager
Iridosornis porphyrocephalus
Chical, Carchi province, Ecuador.
A Chocó endemic, found mainly in the western and central Andes of Colombia. It also barely reaches NW Ecuador, where this shot was taken. (S7)


Golden-collared Tanager - Iridosornis jelskii
Golden-collared Tanager
Iridosornis jelskii jelskii
Bosque Unchog, Huánuco department, Peru.
Another gorgeous tanager from Peruvian Andes; this species also reaches western Bolivia. (S8)


Golden-crowned Tanager - Iridosornis rufivertex
Golden-crowned Tanager
Iridosornis rufivertex rufivertex
Sangay National Park, Morona-Santiago province, Ecuador.
A gorgeous bird of high elevation forest in the northern Andes. (S5)


Yellow-scarfed Tanager - Iridosornis reinhardti
Yellow-scarfed Tanager
Iridosornis reinhardti
Bosque Unchog, Huánuco department, Peru.
This striking Peruvian endemic inhabits high elevation Andean cloudforest. (S8)


Yellow-scarfed Tanager - Iridosornis reinhardti
Yellow-scarfed Tanager
Iridosornis reinhardti
Bosque Unchog, Huánuco department, Peru.
(S8)


Fawn-breasted Tanager - Pipraeidea melanonota
Fawn-breasted Tanager
Pipraeidea melanonota venezuelensis
Parque provincial Potrero de Yala, Jujuy province, Argentina.
Male. (S8)


Fawn-breasted Tanager - Pipraeidea melanonota
Fawn-breasted Tanager
Pipraeidea melanonota venezuelensis
Parque provincial Potrero de Yala, Jujuy province, Argentina.
Male. (S6)


Blue-and-yellow Tanager - Pipraeidea bonariensis
Blue-and-yellow Tanager
Pipraeidea bonariensis darwinii
Road from Quito to Nono, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. The northernmost race of this species, compare it with the next shot. (S5)


Blue-and-yellow Tanager - Pipraeidea bonariensis
Blue-and-yellow Tanager
Pipraeidea bonariensis shulzei
Cuesta del Obispo, Salta province, Argentina.
Male. An example of one of the southern races of this species, which are on average brighter and more colorful. (D3)


Glistening-green Tanager - Chlorochrysa phoenicotis
Glistening-green Tanager
Chlorochrysa phoenicotis
Amaguza reserve, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador
A beautiful tanager that almost seems to glow in the right light. It's endemic to the Chocó bioregion of NW Ecuador and W Colombia. (S8)



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