Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Bicolored Conebill (Conirostrum bicolor)


French: Conirostre bicolore German: Zweifarben-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro bicolor

Sylvia bicolor


, 1809,

Cayenne, French Guiana


See C. margaritae. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. b. bicolor (Vieillot, 1809) – Colombia from SW of Cartagena (Fuerte I) E along coast, including Margarita I and Trinidad, locally to N & E Brazil (Amapá, and mouth of R Amazon, E then S very locally to São Paulo); also locally along R Branco (NC Brazil).
  • C. b. minus (Hellmayr, 1935) – R Napo in NE Ecuador#R and both banks of R Amazon in NE Peru, SE Colombia and Brazil E to vicinity of R Madeira and R Tapajós, and probably (records spotty) to near mouth of R Amazon.
  • Descriptive notes

    11·4 cm; 10·5–11 g. Small dull, bluish-grey conebill with thin bill. Male nominate race has crown, nape and upperparts, including upperwing-coverts, dull... read more


    Infrequently heard song in coastal Venezuela a high-pitched, squeaky and somewhat buzzy “... read more


    Found in two distinct habitats: first, on N coast, occurs locally in mangroves (red, black, white,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet poorly known; small arthropods taken. Occurs in pairs and family parties; usually not with mixed-species flocks, although occasionally... read more


    Season Feb–May in N Colombia (La Guajira). in N of range, nest a small, compact, deep cup of grass mixed with feathers, placed 0... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common locally in coastal N portion of range; uncommon and very local in Amazonia, and only recently (Mar 2014) discovered in NE Ecuador,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Bicolored Conebill (Conirostrum bicolor). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).