French: Tangara barbouillé German: Schwarzohr-Finkentangare Spanish: Hemispingo orejinegro
P. L. Sclater
Subspecies and Distribution
S. m. melanotis
(P. L. Sclater, 1855) – Northern Black-eared Hemispingus – Andes of W Venezuela (S Táchira) S on W slope of E Andes of Colombia (Santander and SE Boyacá S to head of Magdalena Valley, in Huila), also W Andes (E slope near Jardín, in Antioquia) and C Andes (Antioquia S to E slope in Nariño) of Colombia (probably also E slope of E Andes); also, E slope in Ecuador S to Tungurahua (Baños and Ambato) and in SE (Podocarpus National Park), including adjacent N Peru#R.
S. m. berlepschi
(Taczanowski, 1880) – E slope of Andes in Peru from Amazonas S to N Cuzco.
S. m. castaneicollis
(P. L. Sclater, 1858) – Southern Black-eared Hemispingus – E slope in SE Peru (from Puno) S to C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).
13–14 cm; 13–22 g. Bill relatively small and slender. Nominate race has crown and nape grey, side of head blackish, narrow greyish-white supraloral line (often obscure or... read more
In SE Peru (Cuzco, 1500 m) at dawn, individuals (race berlepschi) sing duets, trios or... read more
Mainly in undergrowth of humid montane forest, especially in Chusquea bamboo or along... read more
Food and feeding
Of 13 stomachs examined, eleven held only animal matter and two both animal and vegetable matter; contents included beetles (Coleoptera)... read more
One bird in breeding condition in Sept in Colombia (Cundinamarca) and fledglings seen in Nov in Bolivia (Cochabamba). No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common over most of range. Found in numerous middle-elevation protected areas scattered throughout range.... read more
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