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Juvenile male Stilpnia heinei in my garden

Stilpnia heinei

(Black-capped Tanager / Tangara capirotada)


La Ceja, Colombia; 2300 meters above sea level.


Black-capped Tanagers (Stilpnia heinei) are vividly-colored tropical birds that occur from Venezuela to Colombia and Ecuador. This species is primarily found in montane forest edges, at forest clearings (natural as well as man-made), and in tall second-growth forest. Black-capped Tanagers often occur in pairs and sometimes in mixed-species flocks, 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.




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Taken on April 20, 2012