Tanagers and Toucans

One of the amazing things about being in the cloud forest is that birds with color combinations that you never dreamed of just keep popping out of the trees. Such was the case at a lodge in Tandayapa, Ecuador where brightly colored tanagers abound. They come with panels of solid contrasting colors (the Lemon-rumped Tanager –Ramphocelus icteronotus), paint-brush like dabs of highlight colors (Golden-naped Tanager – Tangara ruficervix and geometric accents (Golden Tanagers – Tangara arthus). It must be hard to be the subtly colored Blue-Grey Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)!

Tanager panel

As the afternoon was drawing to and end and clouds rolled lower over the valley, this Crimson-rumped Toucanette Aulacorhynchus haematopygus (with his rump hidden) stopped by the feeder for a banana snack.

Crimson-Romped Toucanette (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

Crimson-Romped Toucanette (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

And then of course there are the ever-present hummingbirds. Today’s species are the Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescent) and the Western Emerald (Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus).

Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens)

Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens)

Western Emerald (Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus)

Western Emerald (Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus)

The richness and diversity of the avian environment in exemplified by the fact that all of these photographs were taken with me moving no more than twenty feet!

 

 

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