“Colorful Ensemble: Canary Yellow Vest and Cap, Contrasting with Black Mask and Transformed Purple Cape”

An almost completely yellow bird wearing a black mask that transforms into an iridescent purple cape on his back.

Meet the Thick Billed Euphonia

His Luminous Canary Yellow Vest And Cap Stands In Stark Contrast To His Black Mask Which Transforms Into An Iridescent Purple Cape! - FRESHNEW

Photo Courtesy of Félix Uribe/CC BY-SA 2.0

The thick-billed euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) is a bird wearing dark blue plumage on his upper parts with yellow underparts and a splash of yellow on the forecrown going to the rear of the crown. A black mask runs from the base of the bill to the sides of the head. In certain light, the dark blue plumage of the upper parts and tail may appear black.

His Luminous Canary Yellow Vest And Cap Stands In Stark Contrast To His Black Mask Which Transforms Into An Iridescent Purple Cape! - FRESHNEW

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Female birds are olive green on their upper parts and yellow on their bellies with an olive-washed breast.

As juvenile male birds mature, they develop that dark head coloration before the back changes to its natural color.

His Luminous Canary Yellow Vest And Cap Stands In Stark Contrast To His Black Mask Which Transforms Into An Iridescent Purple Cape! - FRESHNEW

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These birds are found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

His Luminous Canary Yellow Vest And Cap Stands In Stark Contrast To His Black Mask Which Transforms Into An Iridescent Purple Cape! - FRESHNEW

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The Thick-billed Euphonia prefers to inhabit shrubby areas and forest edges in lowlands to lower foothills.

His Luminous Canary Yellow Vest And Cap Stands In Stark Contrast To His Black Mask Which Transforms Into An Iridescent Purple Cape! - FRESHNEW

Photo Courtesy of Félix Uribe/CC BY-SA 2.0

An omnivorous bird, these birds dine on a variety of fruits and insects, in particular mistletoe berries.

His Luminous Canary Yellow Vest And Cap Stands In Stark Contrast To His Black Mask Which Transforms Into An Iridescent Purple Cape! - FRESHNEW

Photo Courtesy of Félix Uribe/CC BY-SA 2.0

During the breeding season, they build a spherical nest into which the female lays 2 to 5 white eggs with chestnut spots and incubates them for around 15 days.

His Luminous Canary Yellow Vest And Cap Stands In Stark Contrast To His Black Mask Which Transforms Into An Iridescent Purple Cape! - FRESHNEW

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This bird is regarded as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

His Luminous Canary Yellow Vest And Cap Stands In Stark Contrast To His Black Mask Which Transforms Into An Iridescent Purple Cape! - FRESHNEW

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You can watch this bird right here in the video below:

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