Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Slaty-backed Hemispingus (Poospiza goeringi)


French: Chipiu de Goering German: Graurücken-Finkentangare Spanish: Hemispingo dorsigrís

Chlorospingus goeringi

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1871,

Páramos de Mérida, Vene­zuela


For some years noted with P. rufosuperciliaris to form an “Atlapetes-like” group in Hemispingus, and molecular analysis now shows this to belong in Poospiza#R; these two have occasionally been separated in Orospingus. Monotypic.


Andes of Mérida and N Táchira, in W Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Legs unusually long and heavy; small slender bill. Has crown, nape and side of head deep black, long broad white supercilium from near bill to nape; mantle slaty, this... read more


Song, given a few times at dawn, and often as duet by mated pair, an energetic series of rapid... read more


Wet upper montane forest, especially in dense shrubby borders, and stunted elfin forest, where... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; possibly some vegetable items. Most often in pairs, also singly, and occasionally in groups (possibly families) of up to five... read more


No information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de Mérida EBA. Uncommon and easily overlooked. Small range, estimated at c. 1700 km², now much... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Slaty-backed Hemispingus (Poospiza goeringi). 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 9 December 2019).