Golden-Browed Chlorophonia

A pair of Golden-Browed Chlorophonias were feeding this morning on the fruit of a shrub that is quite common here along forest edges and on pastures that we have allowed nature to reclaim. I collected the fruit to plant these shrubs as part of native landscaping we plan to do around the house.

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Maybe one day on some future deck we will build on some early sunny morning with a cup of fresh roasted coffee we can watch these birds close up! These shots were taken from about 30 feet away with a 100m lens and are cropped and greatly enlarged.  The shrubs were growing under a grove of Inga sp. trees. The parallel veins on the leaf of the shrub suggest Melastomataceae?

It would be nice to get a botanist specialized in montane habitats up here at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest for a couple of days.  Free lodging in return for sharing your knowledge.

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