Wikipedia | Kelley Sampeck

The Glistening-Green Tanager Is So Bright It Looks Like It Could Glow In The Dark

Compared to some other brightly colored bird species, green seems pretty boring. It's an obvious camouflage hue for animals that live in trees, right?

At least, that's what I assumed before I saw a pic of the Glistening-Green Tanager.

Specifically, this pic by @hozemiya on Instagram.

Instagram | @hozemiya

What struck me was how bright the little bird appears even on what looks to be a very gloomy day.

So I googled the bird to see if it is actually that bright or if this photo was enhanced in any way.

And I confirmed that yes, they really are that bright and green.

Instagram | @andres.vasquez.n

Of course, there's probably some color-correction happening with any photo shared on the internet, but it's not adding anything that isn't already there.

I mean, there's a reason these birds have the adjective "glistening" right in their name.

If you told me they glow in the dark, I'd almost believe you.

Instagram | @jlynpphotography

Of course, glowing would be counter-productive in terms of camouflage.

The Glistening-Green Tanager can be found in the forests of Columbia and Ecuador.

Unlike a lot of bird species, the males and females don't differ that much in appearance.

instagram | @wildlife_darling

Females may be a bit duller, but still very green, and sometimes lack the white and red spots on their heads.

h/t: eBird