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Tangara tanagers

Golden-naped Tanager - Tangara ruficervix
Golden-naped Tanager
Tangara ruficervix inca
Aguas Calientes, Cusco region, Peru.
This common Andean cloudforest species has great racial variation. This is one of the more distinct races, with darker blue plumage, a more orange nape, and back on the head restricted to a small mask. Compare it to the one below. (S6)


Golden-naped Tanager - Tangara ruficervix
Golden-naped Tanager
Tangara ruficervix leucotis
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A more typical-looking subspecies of this common Andean bird. (S7)


Silvery Tanager - Tangara viridicollis
Silvery Tanager
Tangara viridicollis fulvigula
Utuana, Loja province, Ecuador.
Male. Also known as Silver-backed Tanager. Found very locally in the Andes from southern Ecuador to southern Peru. (S8)


Silvery Tanager - Tangara viridicollis
Silvery Tanager
Tangara viridicollis viridicollis
Aguas Calientes, Cusco region, Peru.
Female. (S6)


Black-capped Tanager - Tangara heinei
Black-capped Tanager
Tangara heinei
El Dorado reserve, Santa Marta mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
Male. A common tanager in the mountains of northern South America. (S6)


Black-capped Tanager - Tangara heinei
Black-capped Tanager
Tangara heinei
El Dorado reserve, Santa Marta mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
Female. (S6)


Gray-and-gold Tanager - Tangara palmeri
Gray-and-gold Tanager
Tangara palmeri
La Unión, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
A rather distinctive Tangara endemic to the Chocó region of northwestern Ecuador and western Colombia. (S8)


Chestnut-backed Tanager - Tangara preciosa
Chestnut-backed Tanager
Tangara preciosa
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Male. This pretty and aptly-named tanager (check the latin name) is found mainly in the southern Atlantic Rainforest, though it also reaches Uruguay. (S6)


Burnished-buff Tanager - Tangara cayana
Burnished-buff Tanager
Tangara cayana chloroptera
São Roque de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Male. (S5)


Scrub Tanager - Tangara vitriolina
Scrub Tanager
Tangara vitriolina
RNA Arrierito Antioqueño, Anorí, Antioquia department, Colombia.
This is a widespread species in lighter woodland and edge in the Andes of Colombia and northern Ecuador. It can be found in both dry and humid areas. (S6)


Golden-hooded Tanager - Tangara larvata
Golden-hooded Tanager
Tangara larvata centralis
La Selva OTS, Heredia province, Costa Rica.
(S6)


Blue-necked Tanager - Tangara cyanicollis
Blue-necked Tanager
Tangara cyanicollis granadensis
Finca Bambusa, Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia.
This handsome tanager is widespread in mountains of northern South America, and is also found locally in the Amazon. (S14)


Blue-necked Tanager - Tangara cyanicollis
Blue-necked Tanager
Tangara cyanicollis cyanopygia
Mirador Rio Blanco, San Miguel de Los Bancos, Pinchincha province, Ecuador.
A subspecies endemic to western Ecuador. Its hood is a lighter turquoise color and it has a turquoise rump. (S6)


Rufous-throated Tanager - Tangara rufigula
Rufous-throated Tanager
Tangara rufigula
Amaguza reserve, Mashpi, Pinchincha, Ecuador.
Another of the many neat tanagers endemic to the Chocó region of western Ecuador and western Colombia. (S8)


Rufous-throated Tanager - Tangara rufigula
Rufous-throated Tanager
Tangara rufigula
Amaguza reserve, Mashpi, Pinchincha, Ecuador.
(S8)


Speckled Tanager - Tangara guttata
Speckled Tanager
Tangara guttata eusticta
Talari Mountain Lodge, Puntarenas province, Costa Rica.
A locally common species in montane cloudforest in northern South America as well as Costa Rica and Panama. Note the bright yellow on the face, a useful feature for separating it from similar species in areas of overlap (e.g. the Sierra de Lema in Venezuela). (S8)


Yellow-bellied Tanager - Tangara xanthogastra
Yellow-bellied Tanager
Tangara xanthogastra xanthogastra
Mitú, Vaupés department, Colombia.
Occurs in the western half of the Amazon, ranging up into the foothills of the Andes and tepuis. (S6)


Blue-and-black Tanager - Tangara vassorii
Blue-and-black Tanager
Tangara vassorii vassorii
Monteredondo, Meta department, Colombia.
A common temperate forest tanager found in the Andes all the way from Venezuela to Bolivia. This is the most widespread race. (S5)


Blue-and-black Tanager - Tangara vassorii
Blue-and-black Tanager
Tangara vassorii atrocoerulea
Villa Rica-Oxapampa Road, Pasco region, Peru.
This is the very different southern subspecies, with black spots on the underparts and a brighter blue head. (S8)


Beryl-spangled Tanager - Tangara nigroviridis
Beryl-spangled Tanager
Tangara nigroviridis berlepschi
Río Chido trail, San Lorenzo, San Martín region, Peru.
(S6)


Blue-browed Tanager - Tangara cyanotis
Blue-browed Tanager
Tangara cyanotis lutleyi
Chinapinza, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
A scarce tanager found in middle elevation cloudforest on the east slope of the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. (S6)


Plain-colored Tanager - Tangara inornata
Plain-colored Tanager
Tangara inornata languens
Ginger House, Cerro Azul, Panama province, Panama.
One of the dullest of the Tangaras, but it can still look quite pretty in nice light. (S8)


Turquoise Tanager - Tangara mexicana
Turquoise Tanager
Tangara mexicana boliviana
WildSumaco, Napo province, Ecuador.
Despite its name, this species does not occur anywhere near Mexico. It's restricted to South America. (S7)


Turquoise (White-bellied) Tanager - Tangara mexicana
Turquoise (White-bellied) Tanager
Tangara mexicana brasiliensis
RPPN Estação Veracel, Porto Seguro, Bahia state, Brazil.
This is a distinctive subspecies endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest of SE Brazil. It is often now considered a separate species, White-bellied Tanager T. brasiliensis; it has been split by the Brazilian Bird Records Committee (CBRO), but has not been considered by the SACC yet. (S6)


Paradise Tanager - Tangara chilensis
Paradise Tanager
Tangara chilensis chilensis
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Always a favorite! (S11)


Opal-rumped Tanager - Tangara velia
Opal-rumped Tanager
Tangara velia iridina
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
(S6)


Opal-rumped Tanager - Tangara velia
Opal-rumped Tanager
Tangara velia cyanomelaena
Estação Veracruz, Porto Seguro, Bahia state, Brazil.
The race endemic to the Atlantic Forests of eastern Brazil, with a yellowish forehead and paler underparts, which possibly deserves to be treated as a distinct species. (D3)


Opal-crowned Tanager - Tangara callophrys
Opal-crowned Tanager
Tangara callophrys
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
This beauty is found in lowland rainforest in the western part of the Amazon basin. (S11)


Green-headed Tanager - Tangara seledon
Green-headed Tanager
Tangara seledon
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
A beautiful Atlantic Rainforest endemic. It occurs mainly in Brazil, but also gets into Argentina and Paraguay. (S7)


Green-headed Tanager - Tangara seledon
Green-headed Tanager
Tangara seledon
Folha Seca, São Paulo state, Brazil.
An old digiscoped shot that I still really like. (D3)


Red-necked Tanager - Tangara cyanocephala
Red-necked Tanager
Tangara cyanocephala cyanocephala
Restaurante Tropical, Lagoinha, Ubatuba, Brazil.
Nearly endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest, and often occurs together with the previous species. (S7)


Red-necked Tanager - Tangara cyanocephala
Red-necked Tanager
Tangara cyanocephala cyanocephala
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens, Brazil.
(S6)


Brassy-breasted Tanager - Tangara desmaresti
Brassy-breasted Tanager
Tangara desmaresti
Itororó Lodge, Varginha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A slightly more localized Atlantic Rainforest endemic, this one only occurs in mountainous regions of SE Brazil. (S8)


Gilt-edged Tanager - Tangara cyanoventris
Gilt-edged Tanager
Tangara cyanoventris
Chapada Diamantina, Bahia state, Brazil.
Like the previous species, this one is endemic to the mountains of SE Brazil. However, it seems more common in the less humid forests in the interior. (S6)


Rufous-winged Tanager - Tangara lavinia
Rufous-winged Tanager
Tangara lavinia lavinia
La Unión, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
Male. Found in lowland and foothill rainforest from Honduras to northwestern Ecuador. (S8)


Bay-headed Tanager - Tangara gyrola
Bay-headed Tanager
Tangara gyrola bangsi
El Valle de Antón, Coclé province, Panama.
This species is extremely variable, to the point where it is hard to fathom how they could all be considered the same species. Compare this photo with the one below. (S8)


Bay-headed Tanager - Tangara gyrola
Bay-headed Tanager
Tangara gyrola toddi
Rancho Grande, Henri Pittier NP, Aragua state, Venezuela.
(D3)


Bay-headed Tanager - Tangara gyrola
Bay-headed Tanager
Tangara gyrola deleticia
Finca Bambusa, Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia.
(S14)


Golden-eared Tanager - Tangara chrysotis
Golden-eared Tanager
Tangara chrysotis
A common resident in subtropical cloudforest on the east slope of the Andes. (S6)


Saffron-crowned Tanager - Tangara xanthocephala
Saffron-crowned Tanager
Tangara xanthocephala venusta
Abra Patricia, Amazonas region, Peru.
(S8)


Flame-faced Tanager - Tangara parzudakii
Flame-faced Tanager
Tangara parzudakii lunigera
Amaguza reserve, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Coming to a banana feeder. (S8)



Flame-faced Tanager - Tangara parzudakii
Flame-faced Tanager
Tangara parzudakii lunigera
Amaguza reserve, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador.
(S8)


Flame-faced Tanager - Tangara parzudakii
Flame-faced Tanager
Tangara parzudakii lunigera
Amaguza reserve, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador.
I think the left bird is an juvenile that is being fed by an adult. (S8)


Green-and-gold Tanager - Tangara schrankii
Green-and-gold Tanager
Tangara schrankii schrankii
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
(S6)


Golden Tanager - Tangara arthus
Golden Tanager
Tangara arthus goodsoni
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A subspecies endemic to western Ecuador, but it is one of the plainer ones, without any rufous on the underparts. (S7)


Golden Tanager - Tangara arthus
Golden Tanager
Tangara arthus goodsoni
Amaguza reserve, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Presumed immature. (S8)


Golden Tanager - Tangara arthus
Golden Tanager
Tangara arthus arthus
Rancho Grande, Henri Pittier NP, Aragua state, Venezuela.
Perhaps the most striking race of this species, with a chestnut vest that is completely lacking in some of the other races. (D3)


Emerald Tanager - Tangara florida
Emerald Tanager
Tangara florida
La Unión, Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
(S8)


Silver-throated Tanager - Tangara icterocephala
Silver-throated Tanager
Tangara icterocephala icterocephala
Mirador Rio Blanco, San Miguel de Los Bancos, Pichincha, Ecuador.
(S8)


Silver-throated Tanager - Tangara icterocephala
Silver-throated Tanager
Tangara icterocephala oresbia
La Mesa, Coclé province, Panama.
(S8)



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