Posted by Kate Winstanley on June 16, 2020 at 10:33 pm
Taken in Ilha Grande, Brazil on 1st May, 2020.
A simply stunning bird with its striking deep-yellow/orange breast, white and indigo barred tail and white ring around its eyes, I hope one day to photograph one in flight displaying its beautiful blue wings. After my first encounter with this really exotic bird on the trail to Dois Rios/Caxadaço, I saw it several times in and around Abraão. It tends to perch high in the tree canopy, its body unmoving but its head swiveling to follow some unsuspecting insect’s last movements before swooping on its prey, its wings a flash of blue, then settling a few meters along the forest canopy to digest its meal, before searching for its next victim. Caterpillars seem a favorite snack.