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.