Black-backed Bush Tanager
Also known as Black-backed Bush Finch is only found in the montane forests of Ecuador and Colombia. The only place where I can see it regularly is the on the eastern side of the Cayambe Coca Reserve. The most accessible place near Quito is the access road to the reserve that begins at the luxurious hot springs of Papallacta. If you are into R&R then you must stop at the hot springs and dip for a few hours before you move on to the next birding site.
If this tanager is missing from your list now you know where to find.
Striking bird. Would love to find it someday soon.
A lovely bird, and those hot springs sound enticing!
Hi Frank and Wendy: Thanks for visiting us at 10000birds and hope that some day you will visit us in Ecuador.
Both the bush tanager and the Masked Mountain Tanager could be found between the hot springs and the reserve entrance in mid January 2018