Family Gnateaters (Conopophagidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Gnateater (Conopophaga roberti)


French: Conophage capucin German: Schwarzkopf-Mückenfresser Spanish: Jejenero encapuchado

Conopophaga roberti


, 1905,

Igarapé-Açu, Pará, Brazil


Apparently more closely related to C. lineata than previously thought, and part of the group centred on that species. Monotypic.


NE Brazil S of R Amazon, from E Pará (E bank of R Tocantins) E to Piauí and W Ceará.

Descriptive notes

11–14 cm; 1 bird 20·8 g. Male has black head and neck, black continuing to lower breast; white postocular tuft, rich chestnut-brown upperparts; flanks grey,... read more


Song c. 1·5 seconds long, a rapid, slightly musical, ascending series of notes at c. 3... read more


Found in thickets and tangled growth at edge of humid rainforest at W end of range, as in region of... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods. Food taken from foliage and leaf litter on or near ground; items captured with short reaches and gleaning.


Little-known. A nest in E Pará virtually complete in mid-Apr: built by both sexes, 29 cm above ground atop some saplings, in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Seems fairly common both in wet forest near Belém and in seasonally dry woodland in NW Ceará; in latter state, fairly easily found in... read more

Recommended citation

Whitney, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Hooded Gnateater (Conopophaga roberti). 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 23 March 2019).