Black-crowned Palm-tanager

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phaenicophilus palmarum

Black-crowned Palm-tanager

The Black-crowned Palm-tanager or Black-crowned Tanager is a stunning passerine species, of the family Phaenicophilidae, which was formerly placed in the family Thraupidae.

It measures about 7 inches in length and weighs about 24 - 32 grams.

It is easily recognized by its bright olive upperparts, gray underparts and collar, and jet black crown with bold white spots around the eye.

Immatures are easily mistaken for Gray-crowned Palm-Tanager.

Vocalizations include a high thin “tseeoo” and “ts” as well as a nasal “byu".

Feed opportunistically on many different foods, including insects, small vertebrates such as lizards, many species of wild fruits, and occasionally nectar.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, and heavily degraded former forest.

Endemic to the island of Hispaniola (split between Haiti and the Dominican Republic) in the Caribbean.

Known nesting happened between February and July, but may be breeding year round. Nest is cup-shaped and placed on average 2 - 4 meters above ground.


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