This bird proudly wears its cobalt blue suit and bright yellow crown, almost as if it knows it is by far the best dressed of its species.
Meet the Golden-crowned Tanager
The golden-crowned tanager ( Iridosornis rufivertex ), is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. A bright blue bird both above and below, with a black head and a bright yellow cap. The undertail coverts are more of a rust color.
The beak is grayish-black, the legs are black.
–Covered in a shiny coat of lemon-yellow scales flecked with black, making this bird a brilliant, though beautiful, very rare sight!
This species is very similar to the yellow-scarfed tanager; However, these two species are distributed on opposite sides of the Marañón Valley in Peru.
This species is found and is endemic to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, in tropical or subtropical humid montane forests.
The golden-crowned tanager, an omnivorous bird, feeds on seeds, fruits, nectar, flower parts, and insects.
The breeding season is from March to June in temperate zones, and males display their brightest feathers to potential mates and potential male rivals. The female builds a nest in an area with dense vegetation where she lays a clutch of up to five eggs. She alone incubates the eggs and the male steps in to help feed the young once they have hatched.
Although this bird is rare in its range, due to its size it is considered of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.