Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)

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.

palm tanager - thraupis palmarum - tangara de palmera (3)

A Palm Tanager perches on a branch full of moss against a green background at Horquetas de Sarapiquí

Palm Tanager - Thraupis palmarum - Tangara de Palmera (2)

The Palm Tanager does not look interesting at first sight due to dull gray coloration

Palm Tanager - Thraupis palmarum - Tangara de Palmera (5)

The Palm Tanager was not happy that a female Baltimore Oriole came to the same perch. I was very happy though

Palm Tanager - Thraupis palmarum - Tangara de Palmera (6)

In this stance, the bird looks like it’s resting its wings from a day-long work

Palm Tanager - Thraupis palmarum - Tangara de Palmera

With a touch of interesting light, the blueish and olive coloration of some feathers comes out

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