Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Tanager (Tangara heinei)


Taxonomy

French: Calliste à calotte noire German: Schwarzscheiteltangare Spanish: Tangara coroninegra
Taxonomy:

P[rocnias]. Heinei

Cabanis

, 1851,

Colombia

.

See T. argentea (above), also T. viridicollis and T. phillipsi (above). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Colombia in Santa Marta Mts and all three Andean ranges (including E slope of E Andes), on W slope (S to Pichincha) and on E slope (S to Pastaza) in Ecuador, also Sierra de Perijá (Colombia–Venezuela border) and mountains of N Venezuela (including coastal cordillera E to Distrito Federal, interior cordillera in N Guárico, Cerro El Cerrón on Falcón–Zulia–Lara border, and Andes from S Lara S to Táchira).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 18–22·8 g. Bluish to greenish tanager, male with black cap. Male has forehead, crown and upper nape to loral area and below eye black, tailing down behind rear ear-... read more

Voice

Calls include high, nasal “zheet” and high “tsit”, neither especially distinctive. Unlike most... read more

Habitat

Humid and wet forest, forest borders, older second growth, and trees and shrubs in clearings. At... read more

Food and feeding

Generally much fruit, especially melastome berries, in diet; some arthropods. Pairs and family groups wander along forest borders and... read more

Breeding

In Colombia, nesting activity in Jan, Apr and Aug in Andes and 15 birds in breeding condition in Jan–Sept in N; nest in May in Venezuela;... read more

Movements

Mainly resident. Some seasonal descent to lower elevations (as low as 1000 m) during rainiest... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Usually found in low numbers. Occurs in numerous protected areas, including Henri Pittier, Guaramacal, Sierra... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2017). Black-capped Tanager (Tangara heinei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61716 on 25 November 2017).