An otherwise plain black and white bird is instantly transformed by a sensationally phenomenal cherry-red bib

A little bird with a black-and-gray back and white underparts stands out thanks to its contrasting bright red neck.

The cherry-throated tanager (Nemosia rourei) has an ashy gray upper side, a darker back, and a paler top of the head.

An otherwise plain black and white bird is instantly transformed by a sensationally phenomenal cherry-red bib

A broad black mask spreads from the brow through the eyes, almost to the neck.

A thin white line runs above this, giving it a white appearance when viewed from the front.

The black wings and square-tipped tail have blue iridescence on the main and secondary wing coverts.

Upper tail coverts are black, long, and have white tips. The belly is likewise white, and the neck features a cherry red patch that varies in size.

An otherwise plain black and white bird is instantly transformed by a sensationally phenomenal cherry-red bib

Males and females seem very similar, albeit the latter may have a smaller red throat patch on average.

This species is only found in the south-eastern state of Esprito Santo, in Fazenda Pindobas and Mata do Caetés, and is unique to Brazil.

These birds like to reside in the canopy of humid montane forests at elevations ranging from 850 to 1.250 m.

Caterpillars, butterflies, ants, and other arthropods are favorite foods of the cherry-throated tanager.

An otherwise plain black and white bird is instantly transformed by a sensationally phenomenal cherry-red bib

Although there is little knowledge about this bird’s breeding habits, it appears to breed from October to January.

Similar species produce 3-5 egg clutches, and the females incubate the eggs alone for 10-13 days.

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