French: Tangara à cape bleue German: Purpurmantel-Bergtangare Spanish: Tangara capiazul
P. L. Sclater
neighbourhood of Quito, Ecuador
Colombia (entire W slope and very locally on E slope of W Andes, also W slope of C Andes in Antioquia) S to NW Ecuador (Carchi, Imbabura and NW Pichincha). Uncertain record from S Ecuador (Loja)#R.
14 cm; three males 20·3–23 g, one female 21·5 g. Unmistakable tanager, mostly dark blue with yellow throat, and short thick bill. Has base of forehead,... read more
Calls (in Colombia) include high, slightly raspy “tsit”, sometimes accelerating into trill.... read more
Very wet mossy forest, tall second growth, and along openings or borders in forest; a few records... read more
Food and feeding
Berries and insects. Single individuals, pairs or families follow mixed tanager flocks or forage alone, 2–10 m up inside or at edge... read more
In Colombia, begging young with two adults in Jul in Cauca (Cerro Munchique) and nine breeding-condition birds in May–Jun at N end of W... read more
Presumed resident. The records at unusually high and low elevations in Cauca and Antioquia, in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Rare to locally fairly common in Colombia; very rare in Ecuador... read more
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