Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Yellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas) in la zona norte

Yellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas), photo by Froilan Rojas Ramirez. Compare with the Palm Tanager (T. palmarum) that is also visible in the photo

The bird was first seen by Froilan on Dec.10,2009 and last seen on Jan.20,2010. It has been visiting a banana feeder at a soda/rancho that is operated by Aventuras Arenal located along the main highway about 3 km before Los Chiles de San Carlos, Alajuela.

Like the other two Thraupis species already found in Costa Rica the Yellow-winged Tanager is a bird of semi-open country. Over the last decade the species has been moving southward through Nicaragua in the wake of deforestation. It has finally arrived in Costa Rica and it may continue its march southward.


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