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Black-capped Tanager - BirdForum Opus

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

Tangara heinei


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

Small 13cm (5-5¼ in) typical tanager.

  • 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.


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


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species used to be placed in genus Tangara. It has been considered conspecific with Sira Tanager in the past.


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.


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


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


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. HBW Alive

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