Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima)

When we heard the name of this species, we immediately held high expectations of it, and when we finally saw it, we were not disappointed. The male has a striking combination of dark yellow, light yellow, black, brown, light blue and green, which means six colors in a single bird. Although the female lacks the black patch in the belly and the light yellow back, it is still pretty colorful. It is a bit larger than most other tanagers we saw in Finca Alejandría. It was curious how the pair of birds would return every now and then to the same exact feeder and after drinking some sugary water, disappeared without a trace. Most other species chose more than one feeder, but this one only returned to the same one time after time. It is endemic to Colombia and its population is heavily endangered, as their numbers have been declining. It is a shame that such a beauty of nature is being erased from our world.

Multicolored Tanager, Female - Chlorochrysa nitidissima - Tangará Multicolor, Hembra

The female of this species lacks some of the colors of the male, namely the turquoise and black belly, and the light yellow of the back.

Multicolored Tanager, Male - Chlorochrysa nitidissima - Tangará Multicolor, Macho

An appropriate name for this species, with orange face, black and brown chin, breen nape and wings, turquoise and black on the belly, light yellow on the back.

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