Purplish-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephalus)

The Purplish-mantled Tanager was a great sight as we traveled down the trail at Tatama National Park. We were in search of the Gold-ringed Tanager, an endemic specialty of the zone, however this tanager also surprised us a few times with its presence. Its body is blue, with a heavier tone on the face, chest and head, and has a bright yellow-orange throat that creates a lot of contrast. The bill is short but wide. Its diet is mainly composed of insects, however it also eats some of the berries found on the mossy forest that covers the medium elevations of Pereira.

Purplish-mantled Tanager - Iridosornis porphyrocephalus - Musguerito Gargantilla (2)

The different shades of blue contrast nicely with the bright yellow throat of this tanager.

Purplish-mantled Tanager - Iridosornis porphyrocephalus - Musguerito Gargantilla

They inhabit the cloud forests of the Andes and forage at a relatively low height. They move very rapidly from branch to branch.

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