French: Conirostre cendré German: Weißstirn-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro cinéreo
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. littorale
Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896 – Buff-bellied Conebill – W & NE Peru (W coast and W slope of Andes from Cajamarca, and E slope of Andes in upper Marañón Valley) S to N Chile (Tarapacá).
C. c. cinereum
d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838 – Cinereous Conebill – C highlands and tree-line on E slope of Andes in Peru (from Huánuco) S to N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and Potosí) and N Chile.
12–12·5 cm; 7·8–10·3 g (Chile). Greyish conebill with thin, sharply pointed bill. Nominate race has crown dusky, narrow white band on base of forehead extending rearwards as... read more
Infrequently heard song a fast jumble of twittering notes and phrases, rather like those of several... read more
In Andean highlands found near tree-line in dry to moderately humid zones, especially bushy... read more
Food and feeding
Food items appear to be mainly small insects. Seen singly, in pairs and in small parties (perhaps families); sometimes with small mixed-... read more
Eggs in Nov in N Chile and Apr in Bolivia (La Paz); fledglings in Jun in Ecuador (Huánuco) and Aug in Bolivia (La Paz); territorial dispute... read more
Mostly resident. Some local or seasonal movements likely, especially in dry tree-line zones.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including Puracé National Park (Colombia), Sangay, Cajas and Podocarpus National Parks (Ecuador... read more
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