Gray-headed Tanager (Eucometis penicillata)

The Gray-headed Tanager has a peculiar diet: they like to eat insects that are flushed out by passing Army Ant swarms. They gather in groups around the swarms to wait for the unsuspecting victims to try an escape. The feeding can transform into a frenzy, with birds flying from one side to another in a fast fashion. I met this bird in Refugio Los Cusingos, on a Birdwatching Trip with Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica. A group of at least eight individuals were hunting just by the side of the trail, along with at least two Tawny-winged Woodcreepers, one of which seemed to be a Juvenile, as the other fed him at least once.

Gray-headed Tanager - Eucometis penicillata - Tangara Cabecigris (2)

They put on quite a show, jumping from perch to perch, making a lot of different poses

Gray-headed Tanager - Eucometis penicillata - Tangara Cabecigris

Some of the birds came outside of the forest and onto the trail. We had to be quiet not to scare them, as they stood at less than three meters away

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s