The Palm Tanager anatomically is very similar to the far more common Blue-gray Tanager, but with a duller coloration that changes with the light. Most often it looks gray, but with the right light, some feathers turn to blue and olive. It also has black wings. Both species like to eat fruit primarily, and are found in pairs of the same species, but this species particularly likes to feed on palm fruit, hence it’s name.
A Palm Tanager perches on a branch full of moss against a green background at Horquetas de Sarapiquí
The Palm Tanager does not look interesting at first sight due to dull gray coloration
The Palm Tanager was not happy that a female Baltimore Oriole came to the same perch. I was very happy though
In this stance, the bird looks like it’s resting its wings from a day-long work
With a touch of interesting light, the blueish and olive coloration of some feathers comes out