June 26, 2017 – White-capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata)

Found in cloud forests in the Andes from Colombia to Peru, these tanagers travel in flocks of four to twenty birds, sometimes associating with other species, such as jays and caciques. They eat seeds, fruit, and insects, including wasps, ants, beetles, and bees. Little is known of their nesting habits, but they probably build their nests from rootlets and other fibers, and may be cooperative breeders. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to deforestation and fragmentation of their habitat.


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