Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Three-striped Hemispingus (Microspingus trifasciatus)


French: Tangara trifascié German: Streifenfinkentangare Spanish: Hemispingo trilistado

Microspingus trifasciatus


, 1874,

Maraynioc, Junín, Peru


Although earlier molecular evidence supported the inclusion of this species in Hemispingus (as explained and treated in HBW), more recent work has affirmed its placement in the present genus (see Genus text). Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in C Peru (S from Huánuco, W of R Huallaga) S to C Bolivia (Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 12–16 g. A small hemispingus with small slender bill, pale wingbars. Has head black, long broad buffy-white supercilium; median crownstripe and upperparts, including... read more


Dawn song, from exposed dead branch above canopy, a series of buzzy “tzit” notes, c. 40 per minute... read more


Canopy of humid elfin forest at tree-line, also stunted forest islands at edge of páramo,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; contents of ten stomachs insects, including caterpillars. Pairs or groups of 4–6 individuals, rarely up to ten, follow mixed... read more


No information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. This species’ global range is rather small, and limited to narrow band of tree-line vegetation that is subject to... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Three-striped Hemispingus (Microspingus trifasciatus). 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).