Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Drab Hemispingus (Pseudospingus xanthophthalmus)


French: Tangara aux yeux jaunes German: Schlichtfinkentangare Spanish: Hemispingo modesto

Dacnis xanthophthalma


, 1874,

Maraynioc, Junín, Peru




E slope of Andes in Peru (S side of Marañón Valley in Amazonas) S to W Bolivia (La Paz).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 10–15 g. A small, slender, relatively thin-billed, rather dull hemis­pingus. Has crown to nape, side of head to below eye, and upperparts, including tail and... read more


Song, often as duet by pair, a fast sputtering series of variably pitched notes without obvious... read more


Humid montane forest, elfin forest and forest borders, to tree-line; locally in patches of degraded... read more

Food and feeding

Nine stomachs contained insects. In pairs and in small groups of up to 5–6 individuals, usually with mixed flocks. Forages from eye... read more


No information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in a few protected areas, most notably Manu National Park, in Peru. Much suitable montane and tree-line... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Drab Hemispingus (Pseudospingus xanthophthalmus). 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 27 February 2020).