Tangara vitriolina (Scrub tanager)
La Ceja, Colombia; 2.300 meters above sea level.
The Scrub Tanager is a common open country bird of the Colombian and Ecuadorian Andes. Due to its preference for scrub and bushy areas, it is most easily found in dry intermontane ‘rainshadow’ valleys but is expanding into more humid areas in the wake of human disturbance.
Though quite drab relative to the other members of this spectacular genus, the Scrub Tanager is still attractive and identified by its silvery greenish plumage, rust-colored cap and black mask. In further contrast to this typically gregarious genus, the Scrub Tanager most often is encountered as solitary pairs.