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The Crimson-collared Tanager is a beautiful and easily identified black and red bird with a strikingly pale bill that is endemic to Middle America, where it is found from southeastern Mexico south to central Panama. The plumage is identical in both sexes, but juveniles are much duller, with the red parts being brick-colored. Crimson-collared Tanager is unlikely to be confused with other species in its range. This tanager is generally found in pairs for most of the year, although it forms small groups for brief periods post-breeding. Like other species of Ramphocelus, it is a bird of humid lowlands, inhabiting shrubby borders and other more open wooded habitats below 1,200 m.