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Golden tanager        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Golden tanagers, although not as insanely bright as some of their close relatives, are lovely birds from medium-altitude cloud forests on the eastern slope of the Andes.   Most of 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, paradise, golden-eared, golden-naped, spotted, beryl-spangled, bay-headed, blue-necked, 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 or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X extender, fill-in flash (2012, 2013, 2014)