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Opal-crowned Tanager (Tangara callophrys)

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The Opal-crowned Tanager (Tangara callophrys) is a medium-sized songbird of the Tanager family, Thraupidae. Its scientific name “callophrysis” refers to its prominent “eyebrows”.



The Opal-crowned Tanager is endemic to the eastern Andes drainages to the western Amazon Basin in southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, and Peru, and a border region of extreme northwestern Bolivia, as well as Amazonian Brazil. A small disjunct population exists 100 km west in southern Colombia.

It lives in tropical lowland evergreen forests from 500 to 1,000 meters.

This tanager is often seen high up in the canopy foraging with the somewhat similar Opal-rumped Tanager (Tangara velia).


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