SEVEN-COLORED TANAGER (Tangara fastuosa) - a rare, brightly-colored songbird with a very small and declining range in Brazil. Mostly feed on various seeds, fruits, berries and occasionally arthropods (insects, spiders, worms, etc.).  A rapid population decline is suspected to be caused by massive clearance of their forest habitats and heavy trapping for the cage bird trade (trappers are able to catch up to 30 birds in a single day).       photo by jquental

SEVEN-COLORED TANAGER (Tangara fastuosa) - a rare, brightly-colored songbird with a very small and declining range in Brazil. Mostly feed on various seeds, fruits, berries and occasionally arthropods (insects, spiders, worms, etc.). A rapid population decline is suspected to be caused by massive clearance of their forest habitats and heavy trapping for the cage bird trade (trappers are able to catch up to 30 birds in a single day). photo by jquental

EURASIAN GOLDEN ORIOLE  (Oriolus oriolus) -  [photo Shashank Jain ©]   - has a  sharp, stout bill which is highly effective at plucking insects or berries from vegetation, as well as tearing flesh off small vertebrate prey. The positioning of its toes, with one pointing backward and three pointing forward, allows it to grip branches with ease. It has an unmistakable song that alerts all around to it's presence and is said to sound very fluty and can be heard over considerable distances.

EURASIAN GOLDEN ORIOLE (Oriolus oriolus) - [photo Shashank Jain ©] - has a sharp, stout bill which is highly effective at plucking insects or berries from vegetation, as well as tearing flesh off small vertebrate prey. The positioning of its toes, with one pointing backward and three pointing forward, allows it to grip branches with ease. It has an unmistakable song that alerts all around to it's presence and is said to sound very fluty and can be heard over considerable distances.

Dendroica fusca -  reinita gorjinaranja, también denominada reinita de fuego de Norteamerica que emigra a Centroamérica durante el invierno (foto por Geraldo Hofmann)

Dendroica fusca - reinita gorjinaranja, también denominada reinita de fuego de Norteamerica que emigra a Centroamérica durante el invierno (foto por Geraldo Hofmann)

PATAGONIAN SIERRA FINCH (Phrygilus patagonicus) - Diet generally consists of seeds, buds, flowers, fruit, insects, and other invertebrates. Found in forested habitats of Argentina & Chile. It is also known to be a nectar robber of the shrub Fuchsia magellanica in the Tierra del Fuego region, piercing the flower’s corolla in order to obtain nectar.

PATAGONIAN SIERRA FINCH (Phrygilus patagonicus) - Diet generally consists of seeds, buds, flowers, fruit, insects, and other invertebrates. Found in forested habitats of Argentina & Chile. It is also known to be a nectar robber of the shrub Fuchsia magellanica in the Tierra del Fuego region, piercing the flower’s corolla in order to obtain nectar.

Winter Photography Tips  Just because the weather is getting cold and dreary, doesn’t mean you can’t be outside with your camera. Some of the most beautiful bird photos are taken in winter—and these are the best tips.

Winter Photography Tips Just because the weather is getting cold and dreary, doesn’t mean you can’t be outside with your camera. Some of the most beautiful bird photos are taken in winter—and these are the best tips.

FIRE TAILED MYZORNIS (Myzornis pyrrhoura) - found in Central and Eastern Himalayas. Prefers juniper, rhododendron and bamboo thickets on sunny hillsides. Capable of sustained stationary hovering flight much like sunbirds, can also be seen running up moss-covered tree trunks like a creeper. Eats insects, arachnids, berries, and flower nectar. Usually silent, can utter a high-pitched "tsit-tsit".  Breeding season from April to June, in Bhutan maybe to September.

FIRE TAILED MYZORNIS (Myzornis pyrrhoura) - found in Central and Eastern Himalayas. Prefers juniper, rhododendron and bamboo thickets on sunny hillsides. Capable of sustained stationary hovering flight much like sunbirds, can also be seen running up moss-covered tree trunks like a creeper. Eats insects, arachnids, berries, and flower nectar. Usually silent, can utter a high-pitched "tsit-tsit". Breeding season from April to June, in Bhutan maybe to September.

Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) by Kenny Salazar #kennysalazar at www.kennysalazarphotography.com

Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) by Kenny Salazar #kennysalazar at www.kennysalazarphotography.com

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