The Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) is a tiny bird species occurring in parts of Central and South America (e.g., Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela). The birds reach a length of 10 to 12 cm and live in shrubby areas, dry forests, and gardens up to altitudes of around 1,500 m. The male is characterized by bright yellow underparts, while its upperparts are dark blue to black except for the yellow crown reaching from the bill to slightly behind the eye. In contrast, the female is olive above and yellow below. The birds feed mainly on fruits. I have photographed these pretty little birds along the Canal Area of Panama during a journey in March 2014.
very pretty bird. At first sight, I thought it was an oriole. 😛
yes – but if I remember correctly, I also saw and photographed orioles and they are much larger?! maybe I will search through my photos once more…
Of coz these are not orioles..! I meant they look alike because of yellow and black plumage! 🙂
yes, I understood what you mean!! 🙂