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Opal-crowned Tanager is restricted to western Amazonia, where it ranges from the lowlands to at least 1000 m in the foothills of the Andes. Its biology is relatively poorly known, principally on account of this being a canopy dwelling species,. This tanager usually travels in small flocks, and regularly joins roaming mixed species flocks, and attends 'feeding frenzies' at fruiting trees. There is wide geographical overlap with the similar, but much more widespread, Opal-rumped Tanager (Tangara velia), but Opal-crowed Tanager has a broad straw-colored supercilium, and lacks any rufous coloration on the underparts.