It is found in the eastern Andes drainages to the western Amazon Basin in southern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and Peru and a region of northwestern Bolivia; for Brazil in southwestern-western Amazonas state and Acre.
Eastern Andes, western Amazon range
The opal-crowned tanager is found in one contiguous range centered on Amazonian eastern Peru-Ecuador, southeastern Colombia, and the very west of Amazonas state, Brazil; all of Acre state is included in the south with southern Peru, and a border region of extreme northwestern Bolivia.
A small disjunct population exists 100 km west in southern Colombia.
- Opal-crowned Tanager photo gallery VIREO
- Photo-High Res; Article greenbackedheron—"Sacha Lodge", Ecuador
- Photo-Medium Res; Article tekipaki.jp—"Tanagers"
- Photo-High Res; Article wingsbirds.com—"Peru: The Northeast"
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