White-capped Tanager Sericossypha albocristata

  • © Alonso Quevedo Gil

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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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

White-capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: