Sooty-capped Chlorospingus Chlorospingus pileatus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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A well-marked bush-tanager, this species is endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama, where it is typically found in small groups of up to 20, which often consort with warblers and other small birds moving through the undergrowth or midstory. It inhabits mossy forests at elevations between 1600 and 2100 m, and sometimes ventures into cleared areas. The head is black with a long but somewhat ragged-looking, white supercilium that starts above the eye, contrasting with the olive upperparts and gray-white throat; the rest of the underparts are largely yellow, becoming whiter over the median line. Compared to other bush-tanagers, the black head and white supercilium are highly distinctive, and the Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager is perhaps more likely to be confused, albeit briefly, with the Black-cheeked Warbler (Basileuterus melanogenys); the latter has a chestnut crown and much paler underparts.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Sooty-capped Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus pileatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: