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Among the most attractive of its family of beauties, Golden-crowned Tanager is restricted to high-elevation dense montane forest and elfin woodland from Venezuela (barely) through Ecuador. On the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour with Willy Perez, David and Judy Smith did the species proud with this image.
Even though it stands only 20 centimeters tall, Pale-legged Hornero has the imposing countenance of a velociraptor. This bird, photographed by David and Judy Smith on the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour, would be considered Pacific Hornero (Furnarius cinnamomeus) according to some authorities.
The Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour this year had the pleasure of finding a nest of Plumbeous Kite, with this nearly volant youngster waiting patiently to be fed by its parents. David and Judy Smith contributed this cool shot of a seldom-seen plumage.