Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
Bay-headed Tanager, Otun-Quimbaya, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Colombia
April 2012

The Bay-headed Tanager is distributed from Nicaragua south through Central America to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas and into the Amazon Basin. See the distribution map at NatureServe. It is found in the canopy and borders of forest and woodland where it feeds mainly on fruits.

Bay-headed Tanager, Santa Marta mountains, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image There are 9 sub-species some with significant differences in plumage. Photo 1 from the western slope of the central Andes is the sub-species T. g. deleticia with bright blue below while photo 2 from Santa Marta is the sub-species T. g. toddi which is all green below.

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