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Adolescence | by PriscillaBurcher
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Tangara heinei -juvenile male-

(Black-capped Tanager / Tangara capirotada)


Juvenile males show a kaleidoscope of colours: Yellow-green as the females and blue tones as adult males.


Black-capped Tanagers are vividly-colored tropical birds that occur in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. They often occur in pairs foraging in bushes and trees for insects and fruit.


It is one of the few species in the genus that shows obvious sexual dichromatism, with males primarily gray-blue in color with a distinctive black cap, and females yellow-green without a black cap.


These birds are almost endemic to Colombia. I believe my home is their center of reproduction. We have lots of them, they seem to be very well here. We have feeders and I take photos from the kitchen window. I am always dressed in green to mingle with the outside vegetation hoping not to disturb them. There are many trees outside. My plot name is "Monteverde". In english "Green mountain". Guess why.

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Taken on March 19, 2017