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Photo © by Stanley Jones
Huembo Center, Amazonas, Peru, January 2017
Sporathraupis cyanocephala

Thraupis cyanocephala


18cm (7in) A medium-sized tanager
Sexes are alike, with blue cap, dark gray underparts except for yellow crissum, black mask, dark bill and legs.
Back and tail are olive.


South America: found found on both slopes of the Andes in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Winters in Trinidad.



Photo © by Juninho
Inca Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu, Peru, October 2005

There are 8 subspecies[1]:

  • S. c. cyanocephala:
  • S. c. annectens:
  • Western and Central Andes of central Colombia
  • S. c. auricrissa:
  • S. c. margaritae:
  • Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia)
  • S. c. hypophaea:
  • Subtropical north-western Venezuela (Páramo de las Rosas in Lara)
  • S. c. olivicyanea:
  • Coastal mountains of northern Venezuela (Aragua to Miranda)
  • S. c. subcinerea:
  • Coastal mountains of north-eastern Venezuela (Sucre and Monagas)
  • S. c. buesingi:


Cloudforest borders, secondary growth forests, clearings, between 1800 and 1900m.


Forages on the edges of forest, making it conspicuous; often in small groups, sometimes mixed with other species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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