This bird’s entire body is boldly spotted with bright blue and green gems which contrast nicely with its black mask and back, giving its plumage a brightly spangled turquoise appearance. In short, this is a beautiful bird.
A small songbird, the Beryl-spangled tanager is only 13 cm (5.1 in) in length and was first spotted and described by Frédéric de Lafresnaye back in 1843.
Even the female of the species has this spangled appearance, though the male is much more vivid.
The Beryl-spangled tanager can be found living high up in the Andean Cloud Forests in Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru.