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Opal-crowned Tanager - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Thibaud
El Mono y La Gata, Cordillera Escalera, San Martín, Peru, 9 January 2021
Tangara callophrys


14 cm (5½ in). A dark tanager with a prominent opal brow.

  • Conspicuous glistening opal brow
  • Deep black hindcrown to back
  • Contrasting glistening opal to opalescent-yellow rump with tinge of bluish
  • Black tail with blue feather edges
  • Black and blue wings
  • Dark blue side of head and underparts with black feather bases, black centre of belly and undertail-coverts

Sexes similar, immature undescribed.


From southeast Colombia south to eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru and western Brazil south of River Amazon.
An uncommon species.


This is a monotypic species.
Closely related to Opal-rumped Tanager.


Moist lowland terra firme and várzea forests, sometimes also forest borders.
Occurs from lowlands up to 600 m, locally (southern Peru) up to 1000 m.



Feeds on fruit and insects like other species of the genus.
Forages singly, in pairs or small groups, in mixed-species flocks with other Tanagers, Dacnis and Honeycreepers. Feeds in the canopy.


No information.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ashwill, A., K. J. Burns, and C. H. Richart (2020). Opal-crowned Tanager (Tangara callophrys), 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.opctan1.01

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