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Blue-necked tanager        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Blue-necked tanagers are nearly as colorful as the notoriously gaudy paradise tanager; the blue head color usually looks more intense than shown here.   These were coming to a small fruiting tree in San Pedro, at about 1500 m altitude on the Manu Road in southeastern Peru.   Other species feeding on these fruits included a number of other tanagers (palm, silver-beaked, orange-eared, golden, golden-eared, golden-naped, saffron-crowned, and common bush-tanager), and in addition to the tanagers, versicolored barbets, blue-naped chlorophonias and orange-bellied euphonias.

  • Canon 1D4, 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X extender, fill-in flash (2013)