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Photo by wintibird
Yanacocha, Quito, Ecuador, April-2017
Cnemathraupis eximia

Buthraupis eximia


18–22 cm (7-8¾ in)

  • Blue head and nape
  • Yellow underparts
  • Short thick bill


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru


Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager has been considered conspecific with this species in the past.
Gill and Donsker place this species in the genus Buthraupis.


There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C. e. eximia:
  • C. e. zimmeri:
  • C. e. chloronota:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of south-eastern Colombia (Nariño) and north-western Ecuador
  • C. e. cyanocalyptra:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of south-eastern Ecuador to northern Peru


They can be found in wet montane forests, especially with a lot of moss; elfin woodland and forest edges.



Their main diet consists of fruit and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2016)

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