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Sericossypha albocristata

White-capped Tanager

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae

Authors: Swing, Kenzie

Sericossypha albocristata

PNN Chingaza, Colombia; 21 December 2009 © Alonso Quevedo Gil / Fundación ProAves

The stunning and bizarre White-capped Tanager is rare and local in Andean cloud forests from Colombia to central Peru. It is large and black, with a brilliant white cap and, in the male, a crimson throat and upper breast. Females and particularly immatures are duller on the throat, but still display the characteristic white cap and dark plumage. This bird behaves oddly for a tanager, traveling in groups that wander widely over forested slopes, perching prominently and occasionally joining groups of jays or other birds. Also unusual for a tanager in that they are frequently first detected by their harsh, descending call.


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Recommended Citation

Swing, Kenzie. 2015. White-capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Undescribed
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Single-Species Flocks
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Vulnerable