Blue-capped Tanager Thraupis cyanocephala


Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The call of the Blue-capped Tanager is describe as a sharp tsit of a relatively high pitch. Songs are reported to vary by location, but overall a chatty compilation of sharp and squeaky notes (Restall et al. 2007). In Peru, the song is reported to consist of 2-5 syllables of sharp whistles, such as swick-IT, swick-it-CHEW-y, over a timeframe of 2-5 seconds. Intermission between songs is subject to variety. The song of this tanager is similar to the song of the Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, but can be distinguished by its flow (Hilty 2011). The song of the Blue-capped Tanager can also be compared to that of the Blue-gray Tanager (Restall et al. 2007). Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of the Blue-capped Tanager can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None Reported

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: