An unmistakable bird with his satin-red throat and brilliant white cap that shines like sunlit snow – meet the white-capped tanager

With his satin-red neck and iridescent steely-bluish wings, this bird is distinctive.

They are most notable for their eponymous white cap, which sparkles like sunny snow.

The white-capped tanager (Sericossypha albocristata) is a kind of tanager in the Thraupidae family.

An unmistakable bird with his satin-red throat and brilliant white cap that shines like sunlit snow – meet the white-capped tanager

They are roughly 24 cm long, weigh around 114 g, and are predominantly bluish-black with a snow-white head.

Scarlet red is seen on the neck and upper breast.

The upper breast and neck of females have a more rich crimson red.

Juveniles are a drab black color with a white crown and no red.

These tanagers may be found at elevations of 1600–3200 m in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru.

An unmistakable bird with his satin-red throat and brilliant white cap that shines like sunlit snow – meet the white-capped tanager

They tend to reside in a family consisting of up to 20 birds in humid montane forests.

The White-capped Tanager feeds on the fruits and seeds of plants such as Hymenoptera and Coleoptera.

The White-capped Tanager’s breeding habits are unknown, however coordinated breeding is suspected.

When increased by appropriate postures, the white head as well as red neck and breast most likely play a part in courting displays.

An unmistakable bird with his satin-red throat and brilliant white cap that shines like sunlit snow – meet the white-capped tanager

The pint glass nest is made of tree fern and is nicely camouflaged by the fronds.

The White-capped Tanager may be found in dense forests on the eastern side of the Andes at altitudes ranging from 1700 to 2800 meters, south to Northern Peru.

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