Black-crowned Palm Tanagers

Black-crowned Palm-Tanager, Phaenicophilus palmarum
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The Black-crowned Palm Tanager (Phaenicophilus palmarum) is a medium-sized tanager.


Distribution / Habitat:

This tanager is generally common in lowlands and occasionally in highlands across the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


Description:

The Black-crowned Palm-Tanager has an entirely black crown and washed-out gray underparts that blend into an entirely white throat area but do not contrast sharply with it (Latta et al. 2006, Raffaele et al. 1998).

Immature birds have a mottled grey crown.


Nesting / Breeding:

The bulky cup nest is built in a tree and the normal clutch consists of two brown-blotched creamy eggs. The female incubates the eggs for 13–14 days to hatching, with another 14–18 days before the chicks fledge.


Diet:

Their primary diet consists of fruit. But they also eat nectar, seeds and insects, usually taken from the underside of branches.


Calls / Vocalizations:

Its song sounds like peee-u.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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