Black-capped Tanager Tangara heinei

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Kristen Emata and Kevin J. Burns

Diet and Foraging


The Black-capped Tanager’s diet consists mainly of fruit and insects. In Valle, Colombia, this species was observed several times feeding on Miconia and Conostegia berries and other melastostome fruits (Willis 1966; Hilty, cited in Isler and Isler 1987). This species forages for insects predominantly in trees on bare and moss-covered branches (usually less than 2.5 cm in diameter) or on vines and lianas (29 observations), and close to the tree trunk. Less often, the Black-capped Tanager was seen foraging for insects low in the bushes (Hilty, cited in Isler and Isler 1987).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Emata, K. and K. J. Burns (2011). Black-capped Tanager (Tangara heinei), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.