White-capped Tanagers

The White-capped Tanagers (Sericossypha albocristata) is a medium-sized songbird of the Tanager family.

Distribution and Habitat:

These tanagers occur in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1600–3200 m. They prefer humid forests where they live in groups of up to 20 individuals.

Description:

They average 24 cm in length and weigh about 114 g. The plumage is mostly black with a white crown and a burgundy throat.

Diet:

The White-capped Tanager eats fruits, seeds, hymenoptera, and coleoptera.

Taxonomy

In the past, the White-capped Tanager was suspected of not being a tanager (e.g., Meyer de Schauensee 1966), however, morphological (Morony 1985) and genetic data (Burns et al. 2002, 2003) support its traditional placement in the Thraupidae family.

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