French: Conirostre des tamarugos German: Rotstirn-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro de tamarugal
[sic] A. W. Johnson and Millie
in the northern area of the recently developed Tamarugo plantations which extend on either side of the Panamerican Highway in Lat. 20°30’ [S], Tarapacá, Chile
Arid highlands of N Chile (S, patchily, to San Pedro de Atacama in Antofagasta#R); non-breeding also N to SW Peru (Arequipa).
12·5 cm; two females from Chile each 10·5 g. Small greyish-and-rufous conebill with thin, sharply pointed bill. Male is dark grey above, with short bright rufous supercilium... read more
Song resembles that of C. cinereum, a fast, buzzy jumble of squeaks lasting c. 1 second,... read more
Patches of sparse, low, scrubby woodland, especially Polylepis trees, also in Gynoxys... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly known. Diet includes caterpillars, especially those of lycaenid butterfly Leptotes trigemmatus. Forages in pairs and small... read more
Season at least Sept–Dec, coinciding with seasonal blooming of tamarugo flowers (which provide food for Leptotes trigemmatus... read more
Migratory. Following breeding (in Chile), migrates N to SW Peru, where apparently reported between... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Peru-Chile Pacific slope EBA. Locally common breeder in Chile; locally fairly common non-breeding visitor in Peru, where seen... read more
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