Passerini’s Tanager (Ramphocelus passerinii)

The Passerini’s Tanager is known locally as “Sargento” (Seargent) and “Sangre de Toro” (Bull’s blood), among other names, and it is virtually identical to the Cherries Tanager, but only inhabits the Caribbean, whereas the Cherries is only found in the pacific. In sunlight, the red rump of the male glows strongly, contrasting with the deep black in the eyes and the rest of the body. The female is brownish in coloration, and differs from the Cherries by not having the orange throat. The Juvenile male has the same coloration as the female, however as it morphs into adult plumage, patches of black start to show in the body, giving it kind of a Calico look.

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A male Passerini’s Tanager perches on a delicate branch against a green background at Horquetas de Sarapiquí

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