Rufous throated Tanager

Ixothraupis rufigula

The Rufous throated Tanager is a small and unique tanager, having a mainly black head with an orange throat, and conspicuous black spots on the underparts. The upperparts appear dark and have a pattern resembling scales. This species is found at lower to middle elevations, around 600-1500m, on the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador and Colombia. Rufous-throated Tanagers often forage in pairs or small groups within mixed-species flocks in the upper levels of forests and forest edges. They also visit fruit feeders.

This species can be observed during our bird photography trips in Chocó Andino in Ecuador.