Scarlet bellied Mountain Tanager

Anisognathus igniventris

The Scarlet bellied Mountain Tanager is a well-known bird belonging to the Thraupidae family. It has a black body with a bright red belly, a red ear patch, and blue rump and shoulder. Juveniles have duller orange coloring instead of red. They can be found in pairs or small groups in montane forests and edges, along with mixed-species flocks, at altitudes ranging from 2,600 to 3,600 meters, spanning from western Venezuela to Bolivia. The bird’s unique song is a rambling mix of squeaks and tinkles.

This species can be observed during our bird photography trips in Manu National Park in Peru and Chocó Andino in Ecuador.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo