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Gray-crowned Palm Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Gray-crowned Tanager

Photo by caribemotion
Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, July 2011
Phaenicophilus poliocephalus


17–18 cm
Has grey crown and sharp line separating narrow white area under the black mask from grey underside; otherwise very similar to Black-crowned Palm-Tanager.


Caribbean: found only in south-western Haiti and three surrounding islands.



Two subspecies are recognized1:

  • P. p. poliocephalus:
  • Southern peninsular Haiti, Île-à-Vache and Grande Cayemite Island
  • P. p. coryi:
  • Gonâve Island (west of Haiti)


Mangrove, scrub, gardens, city parks, agro-forestry plantations, pine, semi-humid forest, and humid forest.



Consumes soft-bodied fruit as well as arthropods.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Townsend, J. M. (2020). Gray-crowned Palm-Tanager (Phaenicophilus poliocephalus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.gcptan1.01

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