Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala


A rather distinctive tanager that is principally Andean in distribution, the Blue-capped Tanager should be easily identified over most of its range. The upperparts are largely bright olive-green, with a bright blue head, contrasting with a black mask (in some subspecies), and grayish-blue underparts, set off by yellow tibial feathering and undertail-coverts. It is generally fairly common in modified wooded habitats, usually in small groups and regularly with mixed-species flocks. In addition to ranging from Venezuela south to Bolivia, the Blue-capped Tanager is also found on the island of Trinidad.

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Recommended Citation

Blue-capped Tanager (Thraupis cyanocephala), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: