Family Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon Ibon (Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus)


French: Ibon cannelle German: Zimtsperling Spanish: Anteojitos canelo

Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1903,

Mount Apo and Mount Kitanglad, Mindanao, Philippines


Birds from Gandawan (on Mt Malindang) described as race malindangensis and those from Daggayan (in Misamis Oriental) as pallidigula, but differences from birds in rest of species’ range considered trivial. Treated as monotypic.


Mountains of Mindanao, in S Philippines: recorded from Mt Malindang, Misamis Oriental (and coastal mountains at Daggayan), Mt Kitanglad, Mt Hilong-Hilong, Mt Apo, Mt Matutum, Mt Puting Bato and Mt Mayo.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 28·3 g, female 30·1 g, 22 unsexed 24·7–31·5 g. Has top of head and upperparts entirely bright cinnamon, flight-feathers blackish... read more


Call a soft whistle, “chuuu, pee chuuu” or “pee chuuu chuuu”, almost... read more


Submontane and montane mossy forest and forest edge; above 1000 m.

Food and feeding

Insects. In groups; also as core species in mixed flocks with Mountain (Zosterops montanus), and Mindanao White-eyes (Heleia... read more


Birds with enlarged gonads Feb–May. No other information.


Not known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Common at least locally, e.g. on Mt Kitanglad. Probably reasonably common... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. & de Juana, E. (2020). Cinnamon Ibon (Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus). 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 18 February 2020).