Backyard Birds

White-capped Tanagers

The White-capped Tanagers (Sericossypha albocristata) is a medium-sized songbird of the Tanager family.

Distribution and Habitat:

These tanagers occur in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1600–3200 m. They prefer humid forests where they live in groups of up to 20 individuals.


They average 24 cm in length and weigh about 114 g. The plumage is mostly black with a white crown and a burgundy throat.


The White-capped Tanagers eats fruits, seeds, hymenoptera, and coleoptera.


In the past, the White-capped Tanager was suspected of not being a tanager (e.g., Meyer de Schauensee 1966), however, morphological (Morony 1985) and genetic data (Burns et al. 2002, 2003) support its traditional placement in the Thraupidae family.

White-capped Tanager Movies

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