Meet the Black-chinned Mountain Tanager: A large colorful member of this species, covered in a hypnotic combination of golden-yellow and black shines like a glistening jewel!

A Hypnotic Combination Of Golden-yellow, Black, And Blue, Creates And Explosion Of Color From The Foliage – Meet the Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager!


The black-chinned mountain tanager (Anisognathus notabilis), is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. Around 18 to 19 cm long these birds are covered in golden-yellow plumage, with black foreheads and upperparts, though parts of the back are an olive-yellow. The tail and rear of the wings are splashed a bright turquoise blue.

These birds can be distinguished from the more common Blue-winged Mountain-tanager by yellow back, orange tinge to underparts, black chin, and smaller crown stripe.

They also have less blue in the wing.

This bird is found in, and endemic to Colombia and Ecuador.

They like to inhabit the middle to upper levels in humid forests with abundant moss and borders.

Black-chinned mountain tanagers like to dine on fruit and insects, though with a heavy preference for fruit. They take berries from many species of plants, sometimes hanging upside down, as well as, searching for insects nimbly on branches usually without moss.

Though there is little information on the breeding process of this species, it needs to be noted that there is evidence of cooperative breeding, with more than one adult, observed feeding nestlings in a nest built 3.5 meters above the ground. It is thought that the incubation period takes 12-14 days and chicks become fledged after 13-15 days after they hatch.

The Black-chinned tanager’s population has been, from 1988 to 2000, in a stable state, with a low risk of threat, and from 2000 to today is considered a species of least concern on the IUCN list.


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