Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus)

male Crimson-backed Tanager

male Crimson-backed Tanager

The Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus) is a strikingly beautiful bird occurring in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and up to French Guyana. The species can be found in shrubby areas, gardens, and secondary forests. Especially the male has a brightly red coat and even more remarkable is the silvery lower mandible. Females on the other hand are much duller and have a uniform dark bill. I have photographed these pretty birds on a journey through Panama in February 2014 where tanagers can be seen quite commonly.

male Crimson-backed Tanager

male Crimson-backed Tanager

male Crimson-backed Tanager

male Crimson-backed Tanager

female Crimson-backed Tanager

female Crimson-backed Tanager

male Crimson-backed Tanager

male Crimson-backed Tanager

6 responses to “Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus)

  1. If you just returned from a trip through Panama, you must be sorting through thousands of photographs now. I’m glad you treated us to several close-up views of the crimson-backed tanager. Lovely photos, thanks.

    • thanks! 🙂 you are right, I took around 3500 photos… so, you might see a couple of other posts on the birds and mammals of Panama in the next few weeks! Panama is really a top destination for wildlife watching!

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