Today's bird is the Sayaca Tanager. The Sayaca Tanager is one of the birds that I only got to see in the lowlands of Bolivia and after that, they disappeared. These little guys get replaced by birds that look and move similarly at different elevations, but this bird is unique to the lowlands. They have the same shape and habits as our our tanagers (here's one from a previous post) but better colors, for sure.
This entrepreneurial little guy had figured out how to slip through the chain link fences of the parrot cages at the Santa Cruz Zoo. He was more than delighted to steal the food from the fancy tropical birds. I took this picture in Santa Cruz on June 22, 2012.