Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Conebill (Conirostrum ferrugineiventre)


French: Conirostre à ventre roux German: Weißbrauen-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro cejiblanco

Conirostrum ferrugineiventre

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,



Has hybridized with C. binghami. Monotypic.


Highlands and tree-line on E slope of Andes in C & S Peru (S San Martín, Huánuco, Junín and Cuzco, probably also Puno) and tree-line on E slope of Bolivian Andes (in La Paz, Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 11–12 g, Small grey-and-rufous conebill with prominent white eyebrow, and thin, sharply pointed bill. Has crown blackish, bordered by long white supercilium from base... read more


Infrequently heard song, mainly at dawn (in Peru), typically from exposed branch at top of shrub or... read more


Borders of humid and wet stunted forest (to c. 10 m), including Polylepis, and in shrubs... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods. Forages alone, in pairs, and sometimes with small mixed-species flocks containing New World warblers (Parulidae), ... read more


No information.


Primarily resident. Periodic downslope movements may occur during periods of inclement weather.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Occurs in Manu National Park and possibly a few other high-elevation protected areas in Peru and Bolivia. Firewood-cutting,... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). White-browed Conebill (Conirostrum ferrugineiventre). 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).