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Versicolored barbet        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Most barbets are colorful and the versicolored barbet (named for the extensive plumage variation across its range) is no exception.   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, spotted, beryl-spangled, bay-headed, blue-necked, saffron-crowned, paradise, and common bush-tanager), and in addition to the tanagers, blue-naped chlorophonias and orange-bellied euphonias.

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