Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Pardusco (Nephelornis oneilli)


French: Pardusco d’O’Neill German: Brauntangare Spanish: Tangara pardusca

Nephelornis oneilli

Lowery and Tallman

, 1976,

Bosque Unchog, on pass between Churubamba and Hacienda Paty above Acomayo, c. 3592 m, Huánuco, Peru




E slope of Andes of Peru in San Martín, La Libertad, Amazonas (Kuelap), Huánuco and adjacent Pasco; recently recorded in Junín#R.

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; male 16–19 g, female 13·5–15·5 g. Small, plain tanager with short, pointed and fairly thin bill, reminiscent of a New World warbler... read more


Group-members constantly utter thin “seep” contact calls while foraging. Also gives... read more


Isolated and semi-isolated patches of wet elfin woodland (c. 4–10 m in height), low trees and... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods make up all or most of diet. Contents of four stomachs were remains of a spider (Araneae) and parts of Lepidoptera, beetles (... read more


No information. Female reportedly had an old brood patch, but specimen showed no postnuptial moult.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Locally fairly common. Despite small, patchy distribution and restricted... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Pardusco (Nephelornis oneilli). 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 19 May 2019).