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BIRD OF THE WEEK
FLAME FACED TANAGER
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tangara parzudakii
POPULATION: Unknown, considered fairly common
HABITAT: Moist mountain forests of the eastern Andes, from Venezuela south through Peru
Deep red fades into bright yellow on the head of this spectacular bird, giving the species its common name. Flame-faced Tanagers are found only in the eastern Andes Mountains from southwest Venezuela to central Peru, where they join mixed-species flocks with birds such as wintering Scarlet Tanagers.
At nearly six inches in length, the Flame-faced Tanager is one of the largest members of its genus, Tangara. This group of about 50 neotropical birds includes some of the world’s most spectacular species, including Gilt-edged Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, and Seven-colored Tanager.