Monday, April 18, 2022

Yellow-Faced Tanager, aka Flame-Faced Tanager

The yellow-faced tanager is one of three subspecies of the flame-faced tanager and is considered its own species by the IUCN. It is found on the Pacific slope of the Colombian Andes and northwest Ecuador. 

The body is mostly black and silvery green. The underparts are a milky iridescent green with buff, the central belly is pale cinnamon buff, the lower back and rump are milky iridescent golden and often with a bluish tinge. The feet are gray, the bill is black, and the crown and nape are orange fading into yellow. The two other subspecies of flame-faced tanager have deep red on the head and face. 

It is one of many beautifully colored tanagers I saw at the Amagusa Preserve in Mashpi, Ecuador, about three hours northwest of Quito.
With a male flame-rumped tanager. 

With a female flame-rumped tanager.

1 comment:

  1. This is a bird that seems to have personality. I love the first three or four photos showing its head in different positions, as if it is examining you. Gorgeous colors.