Golden-hooded tanager taking a bath, Uraba, Colombia
This Golden-hooded tanager landed on top of some type of palm-like tree that had some leafs with puddles of water in them, and proceeded to take a bath several minutes long. Very entertaining to watch, and an interesting interaction between these tiny water collections and the bird, as I know these puddles are also often used by tree frogs.
If you look closely you can see how their feathers are water proof.
The golden-hooded tanager is a medium-sized passerine bird. This tanager is a resident breeder from southern Mexico south to western Ecuador.
Adult golden-hooded tanagers are 13 cm long and weigh 19 g . The adult male has a golden head with a black eyemask edged with violet blue above and below. The upperparts of the body are black apart from the turquoise shoulders, rump and edgings of the wings and tail. The flanks are blue and the central belly is white. Females have a greenish.. more