French: Conirostre à cape bleue German: Blaurücken-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro dorsiazul
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. pallidum
Aveledo & Pérez, 1989 –
Sierra de Perijá (Cerro Viruela), in NW Venezuela and in adjacent Colombia#R.
C. s. intermedium
Berlepsch, 1893 – Andes in Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida and N Táchira).
C. s. sitticolor
Lafresnaye, 1840 – Blue-backed Conebill – Andes in Venezuela (S Táchira), and from Colombia S to N Peru (Piura, Cajamarca and Amazonas).
C. s. cyaneum
Taczanowski, 1875 – Bolivian Conebill – Andes of Peru (from Huánuco) S to Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz).
13 cm; 9·6–13·7 g (Colombia). Small, high-elevation conebill with dark head and throat, blue back and rich rufous lower underparts; rather narrow, sharply pointed and conical... read more
Song, mostly at dawn, fast and energetic, a high-pitched, highly complex, bubbly jumble of chipping... read more
Humid montane forest, forest borders, and stunted elfin woodland up to tree-line. At 2550–3500 m (... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insectivorous. Occurs in active pairs and in small groups, most often with mixed-species flocks containing other tanagers, small... read more
In Colombia, fledglings in Nov and Jan (Cundinamarca and Cauca), juveniles/immatures in Feb, Jul, Sept and Oct (Andes) and two breeding-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common. Can be found in numerous protected areas, among them Sierra Nevada and Tamá National Parks (... read more
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