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).
10–12 cm; 7·5–10·3 g (littorale). Greyish conebill with thin, sharply pointed bill. Nominate race has crown dusky, narrow white band on base of forehead extending... read more
Infrequently heard song a variable, fast jumble of twittering notes and phrases, rather like those... read more
In Andean highlands found near treeline in dry to moderately humid zones, especially bushy woodland... read more
Food and feeding
Food items appear to be mainly small insects; once a green caterpillar, and perhaps also berries. Seen singly, in pairs and in small... read more
Eggs in Nov in N Chile and Apr in Bolivia (La Paz); fledglings or juveniles in May and Jun in Peru (Puno, Huánuco) and Aug in Bolivia (La... read more
Mostly resident. Some local or seasonal movements likely, especially in dry treeline zones.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including Manu National Park (Peru) and Madidi and Amboró National Parks... read more
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