January 18, 2017

Black capped tanager,Tandayapa,Ecuador,March 2016


One of 40 species of tanager we saw in Ecuador.

Turns out that what I thought was a beryl spangled tanager was actually a black capped tanager.

Black-capped Tanagers (Tangara heinei) are vividly-colored tropical birds that occur from Venezuela to Ecuador. This monotypic species is primarily found in montane forest edges, at forest clearings (natural as well as man-made), and in tall second-growth forest. Black-capped Tanagers often occur in pairs and sometimes in mixed-species flocks, foraging in bushes and trees for insects and fruit.

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