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Glistening Green Tanager

Chlorochrysa phoenicotis


Named after its outward appearance, which is almost entirely a glistening emerald. The distinctive patch on the ear-coverts are accompanied by a blue grey patch. The patch appears drabe to humans, but is known to strongly reflect UV light. A similar UV-colored patch is found on the lesser wing coverts and shoulders. Though glistening green, these thin-billed and strong-legged tanagers tend to blend into foliage, and move so quickly through vegetation that protracted observation is difficult. Typically, single birds, pairs, or small family groups join mixed-species flocks where they feed primarily on insects, but they are also known to regularly join feeding aggregations at fruiting trees.


The Glistening-green Tanager is endemic to the Pacific slopes of Colombia and northwest Ecuador where it is mainly found in wet forests at altitudes between 700m and 2200 m


Seen at San Jorge de Tandayapa Eco Lodge in the Cloud Forest

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

How green is that ! Congratulations.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 years ago

Congrats drstephen!

Wow,what a collour,fantastic capture drstephen,congrats on the welldeservedSOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations drstephen, you Glistening-green Tanager is our Spotting of the Day:

"This striking and aptly named Glistening-green Tanager (Chlorochrysa phoenicotis) is our Spotting of the Day! Tanagers (family Thraupidae) are passerines found in the New World, and mostly restricted to the tropics. The Glistening-green Tanager is almost entirely emerald green. One notable exception, well visible in this image, is a red patch on its ear-coverts, sided by a blue grey patch. The grey patch reflects light in the UV spectrum, which can be perceived by birds.
For more information: "



Stephen Wain
Spotted by
Stephen Wain

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on May 15, 2018
Submitted on May 19, 2018

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