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Participant Brian Armstrong managed to get this Rainbow Starfrontlet at just the right angle to show why it is named both rainbow and starfrontlet. Six subspecies are named, and some of these could be elevated to full-species status. This bird graced the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour guided by Willy Perez this year.
Looking like a cross between a big bittern and an immature tiger-heron, Pinnated Bittern is very patchily distributed in wetlands with emergent vegetation from Mexico to northern Argentina. David and Judy Smith provide a perfect portrait from the Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour this year.
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.