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Silver-beaked Tanager

Ramphocelus carbo


These birds at 18 cm are medium-sized birds. It is hard to miss the male with its bright silver beak. The beak of the female is more gray. There is a wide range of difference in color depending on the locality. In Ecuador both the male and female are rusty brown, the male being somewhat redder than the female. I hadn't even seen the second one (photo 4) until editing the pictures on my computer.


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 other 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 8 months ago

I had seen the silver-beaked tanager before but didn't have any pictures of it. I also didn't realize they were all tanagers until I was looking them up just now. Thanks for commenting.

SukanyaDatta 8 months ago

Wonderful ...and a new species for me. Thanks.

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Pastaza, Ecuador

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

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