|Yellow-backed Tanager Hemithraupis
Brazilian name: saíra-galega
The Yellow-backed Tanager is distributed round the edges of the Amazon Basin and along the north bank of the Amazon near Manaus with disjunct populations in northern Colombia, Panama and along the coast of eastern Brazil.
The birds in photos 1 to 4 belong to the sub-species H. f. obidensis taken north of Manaus while the female in photo 5 is H. f. melanoxantha was taken in Bahia.
|It is found in the canopy and borders of rain forest but is usually very high up and difficult to see. They normally form part of mixed canopy flocks.
The male is mostly black above with a yellow rump and lower back. The wing shows a small white speculum. Below the throat and crissum are bright yellow while elsewhere it is whitish with a mottled look. The bill is blackish above and pinkish below
|The female, seen here in photos 3 and 5, is dark olive above and the wings are broadly edged yellow. It is yellow below but greyer on the flanks.
It feeds mainly on insects but also eats
|There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto while there is additional information on Avibase.|