Black-capped Tanager
Stilpnia heinei

f5 @ 1/500s, ISO:2000, Nikon D3S w 500mm

"Black-capped Tanager," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The black-capped tanager is one of the many species of Neotropical birds in the family Thraupidae. It lives in mountains of Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela year-round. The black-capped tanager is approximately 13 centimeters (5 in) long, and weighs between 18 and 20 grams. The bird's iris is dark brown, while the beak and legs are black. The male of the species has a black crown, with the black extending to the lores, forehead, and upper nape. Its upper-parts are a shining silvery bluish-grey, which extends to the upper tail coverts, and contrasts sharply with the black crown. The upperwing-coverts are a duller bluish-grey, with an edging of duller blue, whereas the primary coverts are black, with a dull blue edge paler than that of the wing coverts. The tertial feathers are also black with a blue outer edge. The throat, the sides of the neck, the sides of the head till the eye, and the chest are a shining aquamarine-green or opalescent green. The feathers are lanceolate, or spear-shaped. Their black bases are thus visible, giving this area of the bird a streaked or scaly appearance, which is especially visible on the chest. The rest of the underparts are a dull and uniform greyish-blue, with the exception of the undertail-coverts: these feathers have dark centers and broad, white edges.
Dagua, Colombia