Gray-crowned Palm-Tanager

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phaenicophilus poliocephalus

Gray-crowned Palm-tanager

The Gray-crowned Palm-Tanager or Gray-crowned Tanager is a species of bird in the family Phaenicophilidae.

It was formerly placed in the family Thraupidae.

It is about 6.7 - 7.1 inches long. It has a gray crown and sharp line separating narrow white area under the black mask from gray underside; otherwise very similar to Black-crowned Palm-Tanager.

Vocalizations are poorly known, but include a high thin “tseeoo” that is briefer than similar note of Black- crowned Palm-Tanager.

Consumes soft-bodied fruit as well as arthropods.

Its natural habitats are lowland and montane moist forests, mangrove forests, rural gardens, and heavily degraded former forest.

It is threatened by habitat loss.

Common, but local, on the southern peninsula of Haiti, and on the satellite islands of Île-à-Vache, Grande Cayemite and Gonâve Island.

In the Dominican Republic, it is rare on the north and south slopes of the Sierra de Bahoruco, and on the southern part of Loma de Toro and Hoyo de Pelempito.



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