Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus somptuosus)

This is a rather large bird for a Tanager, but its colors are very contrasty against the dark green background. It has a yellow throat, chest and belly, with black mask and back, a blue patch on the shoulder, and blue wings and tail. They readily come in groups to fruit feeders, sharing space with other tanagers and honeycreepers.

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus somptuosus - Tangará Primavera (2)

A rather big tanager, at first sight might resemble a flycatcher due to the yellow belly, but its behavior is nothing similar.

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus somptuosus - Tangará Primavera (3)

Interestingly enough, this bird would perch on the branch before going down to the fruit feeder, but would not perch back when leaving the feeder. There is only one opportunity each time to snap a picture.

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus somptuosus - Tangará Primavera

They can be very active, even when perched, moving around a lot. This helps to get interesting poses.

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager - Anisognathus somptuosus - Tangará Primavera (4)

The blue of the wing is striking, at time can even look metallic. The black back and face is very dark, contrasting with the overall lively colors.

2 thoughts on “Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus somptuosus)

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