birds

September 11, 2016 - Golden-collared Tanager (Iridosornis jelskii)

These tanagers are found on the eastern slope of the Andes in central Peru and Bolivia, spending most of their time near the tree line in small patches of shrubs and short trees. There are two subspecies, which differ mostly in size and amount of black plumage on the crown. Often foraging in mixed-species flocks, they eat mostly berries and insects. The scientific name of their genus, Iridosornis, translates to “rainbow bird.”