Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)

The Blue-gray Tanager has mostly light-blue body and metallic blue wings, which can glow strongly under flash. It can be found almost throughout the entire country, specially in the lowlands, accompanied by Passerini’s and Palm Tanagers, which have a very similar body shape, but very different colors. All three species will readily come to fruit feeders. It’s local name is “Viudita”, which literally means “Small Widow”.

A bird species does not have to be rare to be a beauty, and the proof is in Blue-gray Tanagers. We see them daily at our gardens in Costa Rica, yet their metallic blue wings are a wonder to watch.
The light blue color of this species is indeed variable, with some individuals being almost gray.
blue-gray tanager - thraupis episcopus - tangara azuleja (viudita, viuda)
A Blue-gray Tanager perches on a branch full of moss against a green background at Horquetas de Sarapiquí.

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