Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Western Hemispingus (Sphenopsis ochracea)


French: Tangara de Berlepsch German: Ockerbrust-Finkentangare Spanish: Hemispingo ocráceo

Chlorospingus ochraceus

Berlepsch and Taczanowski

, 1884,

Cayandeled, western ­Ecuador


Usually treated as conspecific with S. melanotis and S. piurae, but each differs markedly in plumage and habitat and hence is tentatively accorded species rank here (although songs of present species and melanotis difficult to distinguish#R); review of group warranted. Monotypic.


W slope of Andes in SW Colombia (Nariño) and Ecuador (S to Chimbo­razo).

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm. Much duller and more uniform than S. melanotis and S. piurae, and easily overlooked as an immature bird. Has crown to upperparts, including... read more


Little definite information. Song reported as similar to that of S. melanotis.


Moist to humid woodland and forest and older second growth in W Ecuador. Unlike S. melanotis... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. No information on diet. Pairs or small groups are inconspicuous associates of mixed-species flocks, foraging in lower growth. read more


No information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Little information on status, and only a small number of specimens and sightings; possibly rare and/or local. Since before end of 20th century, this species has... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Western Hemispingus (Sphenopsis ochracea). 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 21 February 2020).