Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)  
Genus: Chlorospingus (7 species, 8 worldwide)

Ashy-throated Bush Tanager
Ashy-throated Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus canigularis)
Minga Ecolodge, Cali, Colombia
  Note yellow chest band, dark eyes, thin bill with light lower mandible, and light-colored belly.

Uncommon, and usually high and difficult to see. Note lack of white mark behind the eye present in almost all races of very similar [Common Bush Tanager]. Head grey in South America, but olive in Central America.

Yellow-throated Bush Tanager
Yellow-throated Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus flavigularis marginatus)
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, AnorĂ­, Antioquia, Colombia  

Additional photo.

Common Bush Tanager
Common Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus flavopectus)
Costa Rica  

Common Bush Tanager
Common Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus flavopectus nigriceps)
La Romera, Itagui, Antioquia, Colombia
  The nigriceps subspecies has a black head and does not have a white spot behind the eye, and is often mistaken for the [Ashy-throated Bush Tanager] (Chlorospingus canigularis)

Common at mid elevations (1200-2400m). Note differences with white spot behind eye, and shades of color in head and throat across large range.

Pirre Bush Tanager
Pirre Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus inornatus)
Darien National Park, Panama  

Cerro Pirre {endemic} species.

Yellow-whiskered Bush Tanager
Yellow-whiskered Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus parvirostris huallagae)
Putumayo, Colombia  
Photograph by Brayan Coral Jaramillo   © All Rights Reserved.

Also called Short-billed Bush Tanager. Similar to [Yellow-throated Bush Tanager], but central part of throat is white. Note white eye.

Dusky Bush Tanager
Dusky Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus semifuscus livingstoni)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia  

Typical Bush Tanager. Joins mixed flocks. Birds closer to Ecuador have red eyes, while birds in Colombia have light eye.
Additional photo.

No Image
Tacarcuna Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus tacarcunae)

© Tom Friedel - All Rights Reserved, except for images and data otherwise noted.       Colombia       Panama       Ecuador       Costa Rica       Mexico
Experimental sites:       Guyana       Peru       Nicaragua       Venezuela
Really Experimental sites:       Brazil       Bolivia       Cuba