Black capped Tanager

Stilpnia heinei

This is a little, energetic songbird that has distinctive physical characteristics for males and females. The male has a predominantly steel-blue color with wings that are slightly darker. Its most notable features are the sea-green throat and cheek, streaked upper breast, and a black cap and nape that provide contrast. The female, on the other hand, is mainly lime green with a pale bluish head and breast. She only has a faint hint of the male’s black cap. They usually appear in pairs and can often be seen trailing behind a mixed group of birds in the treetops. This bird is native to the Andean region and is frequently found in subtropical forests, borders, and gardens. They also visit fruit feeders. You can spot them during our bird photography tours in the Chocó Andino in Ecuador.