Elegant Euphonia (Euphonia elegantissima)

This probably is the best named species of euphonia in Costa Rica. Just as the Olive-backed Euphonia, the Elegant Euphonia is very peculiar since it is not blue and yellow like most other euphonias. Instead, the male has a deep orange belly with blue back and wings, dark blue throat and light blue hood, and a very small orange patch on the front of the head, which the female also shares. The female is green overall, but with the light blue hood. Both male and female are gorgeous, a great sight for any birdwatcher.

Elegant Euphonia, Female - Euphonia elegantissima - Eufonia Capuchiceleste (Agüío, Monjita, Caciquita), Hembra (2)

A female bird perched on a small branch by the side of a road

Elegant Euphonia, Male - Euphonia elegantissima - Eufonia Capuchiceleste (Agüío, Monjita, Caciquita), Macho (1)

This male put on t fluffy display while perched on a small branch

Elegant Euphonia, Male - Euphonia elegantissima - Eufonia Capuchiceleste (Agüío, Monjita, Caciquita), Macho (4)

The pair was guarding a nest made on a mud wall and perched on the fence in order to attract us

Elegant Euphonia, Male - Euphonia elegantissima - Eufonia Capuchiceleste (Agüío, Monjita, Caciquita), Macho

This bird has magnificent colors that contrast nicely with the green background

 

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