Yellow-collared Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia flavirostris)
This tiny and colorful bird formerly of the Thraupidae (Tanager) family now has its own family the Fingillidae and it deserves it due to its uniqueness and beauty. I have seen it a few times but until recently I had not been able to photograph it properly. This bird is found mostly at the canopy eating tiny berries that mature periodically. It seems that they follow the ripening of the fruit since they can only be seen seasonally when the correct type of tress are fruiting. They move rather quickly in-and-out of the canopy and due to its camouflage and tiny bodies (4″) sometimes they cannot be detected.
This photographic bird session was shot near the already famous Refugio Paz de las Aves on the Northwest Slopes of Ecuador. Without any further delay I present you the beautiful Chlorophonia flavirostris female only: