Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis atropileus)


French: Tangara à calotte noire German: Schwarzkappen-Finkentangare Spanish: Hemispingo capirotado

Arremon atro-pileus


, 1842,

Bolivia; error = Bogotá, Colombia


Closely related to K. auricularis and K. calophrys, and has been treated as conspecific with one or both of those; currently treated as separate species to emphasize plumage differences, pending additional study. Monotypic.


W Venezuela (Andes in S Táchira) and generally in Andes of Colombia and on both slopes in Ecuador S to extreme NW Peru (N Piura N of R Marañón).

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 18–26 g. Bill moderately stout, but thinner than that of most other tanagers. Has crown and side of head sooty black, long, narrow buff-white supercilium from... read more


Infrequently heard song a fast series of high sputtering and chipping notes, rather indistinctive... read more


Humid and wet montane forest, ­especially (or mainly) where Chusquea bamboo and other... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods. Forages in pairs or in groups of 3–7, occasionally up to 12 individuals, and in single-species groups or, far more... read more


No information.


None reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. In Colombia, commonest at higher elevations within its range. Extensive deforestation, especially at higher elevations, may be a... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Black-capped Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis atropileus). 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 21 February 2020).