Blue necked Tanager
The Blue necked Tanager is small but eye-catching, with a mostly black body that features a shining blue head and straw-colored shoulder. Both males and females have similar physical characteristics. It is most easily distinguished from the Masked Tanager by its darker (rather than white) belly and buffier shoulder. This bird is quite common in the Andean foothills, but it is also found in the Brazilian lowlands, albeit in a geographically separate population. It is usually encountered in pairs or small groups and is known to follow mixed-species flocks through the canopy. The bird is found in forests, forest edges, and gardens, and it is also known to visit fruit feeders. You can spot them during our bird photography tours in the Chocó Andino in Ecuador.