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Beryl-spangled tanager (Tangara nigroviridis)

There are so many species of tropical tanagers that finding a decent common name must be difficult sometimes. In this case, the common name is much more evocative than the specific epithet, nigroviridis (“black and green”). This social tanager inhabits high elevations in the Andes from Colombia to Bolivia.

Seven-banded Armadillo (Dasypus septemcinctus)

also known as the Long-nosed Armadillo, the seven-banded armadillo is a species of armadillo (Cingulata) which is native to South America, where it occurs in Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. Seven-banded armadillos are solitary and nocturnal animals, occurring in dry habitats outside of rainforest regions. At night seven-banded armadillos will emerge from their burrows to feed on a range of insects and other various terrestrial invertebrates. 


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Image: Birmingham Museums Trust

Band-bellied Owl (Pulsatrix melanota)

…a species of “Specatcled owl” (Pulsatrix spp.) which is known to occur in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Band-bellied owls are known to inhabit subtropical and tropical moist montane forests, between 700m and 1,600m. Band-bellied owls are fairly rare and secretive, and as such much of their biology and ecology is unknown! It’s throught that like the related spectacled owl (P. perspicillata) P. melanota feeds on a wide variety of prey, which are ambushed. 


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Image: Larry Kay