Black-headed Tanager Tangara cyanoptera


The Black-headed Tanager inhabits second growth, open woodland, and forest edge in northern South America, being found at low to middle elevations from northernmost Colombia across western and northern Venezuela, with a disjunct population (and separate subspecies) found in the Pantepui region of southern Venezuela, and adjacent Guyana and northernmost Brazil. This species does not appear to be a frequent constituent of mixed-species flocks, being more regularly seen in lone pairs or small, presumably family, groups, foraging in the mid to upper levels, principally on fruit, but also taking insects. Whereas males (of both subspecies) are distinctive in having a black head and dark wings, contrasting with the otherwise pale plumage, females are dusky green over the crown and nape, with largely dull yellow underparts, and mainly green upperparts.

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Song (Black-headed)

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Recommended Citation

Black-headed Tanager (Tangara cyanoptera), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: