Distribution in the Americas
The Blue-capped Tanager inhabits western Venezuela and Ecuador, eastern Peru and Bolivia, Trinidad and Colombia (Meyer de Schnauensee 1966). Found between 1500-3000 m, centered at 2000-2300 m (Hilty 2011). Are found at elevations of 800 m in Venezuela and 550 m in Trinidad.
Parker et al. (1996) list the primary habitat as montane evergreen forest, with secondary forest also used. The Blue-capped Tanager occupies Subtropical to Temperate zones. Range in elevation is between 800-3,000 m, but is most commonly located between 1,800-2,300m (Restall et al. 2007). Most often found in shrubby clearings, second growth, forest edges, and open woodland (Hilty 2011). In Peru, they often occur in forests and areas of development such as coffee plantations. Like most tanagers, the Blue-capped Tanager usually lives in pairs, but can sometimes be observed solitary or in larger groups (8 – 15 individuals) (Hilty 2011).