Despite its wide geographic range, the Plushcap remains poorly known, especially with regard to its reproductive behavior. There are many other gaps including molts, territoriality, population sizes, demography, and effects of human activity on populations. More information on its diet, including a quantitative analyses, would shed light on its unique foraging behavior. In addition, although it clearly belongs with the tanagers, its phylogenetic relationship to other species within this group are unclear. Further studies and research may help close these and other gaps.