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Blue-hooded Tanager

Tangara cyanicollis cyanopygia


Called the Blue-necked Tanager by some, it measures about 12 cm. It is a very striking bird with its bright blue head with black mask around the eyes and avross the beak, which is black. The body is a deep blue/violet with yellowish-white wing coverlets that stand out in contrast to the dark body.


These birds were seen in a tree on the outskirts of a small town on the edge of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle (1060 masl).


This spotting is part of a 3-fer. I was trying to get a picture of a bird in a tree close by but it flew off. I saw the tree where it landed and maxed out my zoom to find him and found there were also 2 pairs of Tanagers that were each different. They are listed separately but you can see what I saw in my viewfinder in photo 5. All three species were firsts for me.

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Tukup 3 years ago

The last shot was so cool. I thought I had lost the blue-headed bird and found a bunch of his cousins with him. Thanks Ratlady.

Ratlady 3 years ago

Wow that last shot is incredible all the birds are very beautiful animals

Tukup 3 years ago

Thanks Maxiemiliano

Maxiemiliano 3 years ago


Tukup 3 years ago

Thanks Brian and Mel. This was the original bird I was "chasing." I couldn't believe it when he led me to several of his cousins. Yes, Brian, I believe it is a first. So far I am maintaining 1/3 of all my spottings as first time on PN. I think I can keep it up for some time. This is really a bio-rich area.

Mel11 3 years ago

What a brilliant series Tuckup, it is exciting when one new species is seen but three in one - wow!

Tukup 3 years ago

I also added a unipod which doubles as a walking stick. It has really helped on long zoom shots. We'll just keep enjoying our Power shots 😉

SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

A Zoom-convert!!! :) Whenever I need to buy a small, everyday camera (I run thru ' em regularly) my B.i.l tries to explain to me the nuances of a good camera and to his (absolutely disguised but must be there) exasperation I just ask...What is its maximum optical zoom?

Brian38 3 years ago

Beautiful bird, Tukup, and maybe another first for PN.

Tukup 3 years ago

Thanks Suknaya. I couldn't believe when I pulled in the spot where the bird lit and saw all the others. Once again I was very thankful for the zoom :-)

SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

The third shot!!!! What a lucky frame. Thanks.

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Pastaza, Ecuador

Spotted on Nov 25, 2020
Submitted on Feb 7, 2021

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