Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-eared Conebill (Conirostrum leucogenys)


French: Conirostre oreillard German: Weißohr-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro orejiblanco

Dacnis leucogenys


, 1852,

Bogotá, Colombia


See C. margaritae. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. panamense (Griscom, 1927) – E Panama (from Gulf of San Miguel E to Darién) and NW Colombia (Sinú Valley in Córdoba).
  • C. l. leucogenys (Lafresnaye, 1852) – N Colombia (Sucre, Atlántico, Magdalena and Cesar, and S in Magdalena Valley to Huila; E of Andes in Catatumbo lowlands of Norte de Santander) and adjacent W Venezuela (E across Zulia, Falcón and Yaracuy to Carabobo, in coastal cordillera).
  • C. l. cyanochroum (Todd, 1924) – W Venezuela in foothills of Sierra de Perijá and W base of Andes (Mérida).
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5 cm; c. 7 g. Small, short-tailed conebill with thin, sharply pointed bill. Male nominate race has crown and nape shiny black, contrasting white cheek and ear-coverts;... read more


    Song a high, thin, tinkling series of notes, “tsing-le, tséet-e-tséet” or similar variant, usually... read more


    Dry to moist (semi-deciduous), open woodland, wooded borders, cacao plantations, gallery forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Few data on diet; arthropods and nectar taken. Lively pairs or parties of 3–5 individuals; sometimes with small mixed-species flocks.... read more


    In Colombia, pair building nest in Jan in upper Magdalena Valley (in Huila) and birds in breeding condition in Jan, Apr and May in N. No... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Can be found in a few protected areas, including El Paujíl Reserve (Colombia) and in or near Morrocoy National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2019). White-eared Conebill (Conirostrum leucogenys). 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 May 2019).