Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Chlorophonia cyanea, chlorophonia, tanager, bird, colombia

Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia cyanea)


A few years ago I travelled around Colombia in the company of David Fisher (until recently, a director of Sunbird), Barry Walker (owner of Manu Expeditions) and a wonderful local guide, Juan Carlos Luna Garcia. We spent a few days exploring the spectacular Santa Marta mountains, which are an isolated chain of mountains close to the Caribbean coastline of Colombia.

A pretty, small bird that we encountered was the Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia cyanea), a big name for a small bird! This species is now considered to be part of the tanager family and has an odd, disconnected, distribution in South America. This probably means that there is more than one species involved and, as is often the case in birding, these sub-species may be ‘split’ into 2 or more species in the future. The sub-species which we saw in the Santa Marta mountains is called ‘psittacina‘.

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