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Blue-capped tanager        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Blue-capped tanagers are found in high-altitude cloud and elfin forests in the Andes.   They share this habitat with two much more colorful relatives, the scarlet-bellied and hooded mountain-tanager.   These were photographed at about 3000 m elevation on the Manu Road in southeastern Peru, and in the Central Andes in southern Colombia (bright bird at upper left).

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 2X extender or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2012, 2013, 2015)