Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)

The Golden-hooded Tanager, known as “Seven Colors” (direct translation from Spanish) in Costa Rica, is indeed a colorful bird, in my opinion one of the prettiest. In direct sunlight, the contrast of the deep black with the different shades of blue, white underparts and golden hood just looks amazing, like a very saturated painting, but it is real. They are small birds, similar in size to the Honeycreepers, and belong to the Tanager family. Juvenile birds lack the golden hood, but are just as colorful as the adults.

Golden-hooded Tanager, Adult - Tangara larvata - Mariposa, Siete Colores, Adulto (2)

An adult Golden-hooded Tanager perched on a branch that is as wide as the bird’s body length

Golden-hooded Tanager, Adult - Tangara larvata - Mariposa, Siete Colores, Adulto

Golden-hooded Tanagers do come to fruit feeders, but they prefer to stay on seed-bearing plants

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