The Black-faced Tanager is fairly common but local in savanna habitats throughout northern South America. Ranging from Colombia and Venezuela south to Peru, Bolivia and eastern Brazil, the Black-faced Tanager does not occur in regions with dense forest or open grassland, preferring habitats with a mix of trees and grass. The adult is gray overall with a black head and bib and a black bill with bluish-gray base. Immatures, yellow-green overall with a yellow eye-ring, are dramatically different in appearance. The rich, melodic song is often delivered from an isolated tree or shrub. Generally Black-faced Tanagers occur in small groups, possibly family parties, that occasionally join flocks of other species.