Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Tanager (Tangara heinei)


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

P[rocnias]. Heinei


, 1851,



See T. argentea, also T. viridicollis and T. phillipsi. Monotypic.


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... read more


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 23 January 2020).