Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-browed Conebill (Conirostrum rufum)


French: Conirostre roux German: Rotbrauen-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro rufo

Conirostrum rufum


, 1843,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia




E Andes from W Venezuela (extreme S Táchira) S locally in adjacent Colombia from Norte de Santander (Páramo de Guerrero, W of Salazar) to latitude of Bogotá; also Santa Marta Mts (N Colombia).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; mean 11 g. Small, dark Conirostrum with deep rufous face and underparts, and short, thin, sharply pointed bill. Has crown to uppertail-coverts plumbeous grey... read more


Song, mainly at dawn, a very fast short, squeaky phrase, “ta-twée-ta-twéet”, about one phrase per... read more


Bushy and shrubby vegetation in fairly dry to humid areas, including borders of humid and wet... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly small insects. Encountered mostly singly or in pairs, less often in small groups which likely represent families; may follow mixed-... read more


In Colombia, fledglings found in Jul, Aug and Dec in Cundinamarca and Oct in Santander, and six birds in breeding condition in Feb­–... read more


Resident. No migratory movements reported, although local seasonal movements possible; in marsh... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA and Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Locally fairly common to common. Reported as “rare” in... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Rufous-browed Conebill (Conirostrum rufum). 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).