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Black-capped Tanager

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Photo © by bajadreamer Refugio Paz de las Aves, Ecuador, September 2018
Photo © by bajadreamer
Refugio Paz de las Aves, Ecuador, September 2018
Tangara heinei

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[edit] Identification

Photo © by Pitter  Dapa-Valle, Colombia, February 2009
Photo © by Pitter
Dapa-Valle, Colombia, February 2009

Small 13cm (5-5ΒΌ in) tanager typical of birds in the Tangara genus.
Male

  • Blue overall plumage, with iridescent turquoise collar
  • Black cap

Female: is less brightly coloured, with dusky crown and green upperparts

As with all iridescent plumage, perceived colour can change with lighting conditions.

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Has been considered conspecific with Sira Tanager in the past.

[edit] Habitat

FemalePhoto © by: Digitalbcon Chicaque Natural Reserve, Colombia, July 2008
Female
Photo © by: Digitalbcon
Chicaque Natural Reserve, Colombia, July 2008

Uncommon in borders of subtropical and tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded former forest. Prefers clearings. Observed at heights around 2100m.

[edit] Behaviour

Forages either in forest or especially on borders and in clearings, commonly in pairs independent of mixed flocks.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of fruit, particularly melastome berries, with the addition of some arthropods.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. HBW Alive

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