Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis auricularis)


French: Tangara oreillard German: Weißbrauen-Finkentangare Spanish: Hemispingo cejiblanco

Chlorospingus (Hemispingus) auricularis


, 1873,

Maraynioc, Junín, Peru


Closely related to K. atropileus and K. calophrys, and has been treated as conspecific with one or both of those; replaces former on S side of R Marañón, and currently treated as separate species on grounds of some plumage differences and molecular analyses; however, vocal differences appear to be minor#R, and work needed to confirm or deny species rank in this case. Monotypic.


Peru on E slope of Andes (from Marañón Valley S to Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm. Bill moderately stout, but thinner than that of most other tanagers. Has crown, side of head and broad band down side of neck black, long white supercilium... read more


Dawn song, from exposed perch at top of tree 5–10 m tall, a slow, even series of 3–5... read more


Humid and wet forest and forest borders, especially where Chusquea bamboo and dense... read more

Food and feeding

Of 13 stomachs examined, one contained only vegetable matter, eleven only animal matter, and one both; contents included caterpillars and... read more


In Peru, cup-nest of leaves and stems; eggs pale rose with numerous reddish-grey spots and streaks, markings random or nearer large end. No... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common at higher elevations throughout range. Occurs in some protected areas, such as Manu National Park. Some portions of its range are... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). White-browed Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis auricularis). 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 23 January 2020).