Black-capped Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis atropileus)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cuzco, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cuzco, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Satipo Road, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chinguela, Cajamarca

Identification & Behavior: ~16 cm (6.2 in). The Black-capped Hemispingus is yellow-olive above and yellow or yellow-orange below. The head is black with white superciliary. It forages in thick foliage in the understory of humid montane forests. The Black-capped Hemispingus is often associated with bamboo.  It is similar to the Three-striped Hemispingus but is distinguished by a black head, long white superciliary, lack of a median forehead stripe, and by foraging in the thick understory. Also, see Orange-browed Hemispingus  (no range overlap).

Status: The Black-capped Hemispingus is common in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 2300-3700 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Hemispingo de Gorro Negro.

Sub-species: Black-capped Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis atropileus auricularis), (Cabanis), 1873.

Meaning of Name: Kleinothraupis: Kleino: In honor of Nedra Kathryn Klein (1951-2001) American ornithologist. Gr. Thraupis= unidentified small bird, perhaps some kind of finch, mentioned by Aristotle. atropileus: L. ater= black and pileus= skull cap.

Formerly known as Hemispingus atropileus (2017).

See more of the Family Thraupidae   peru aves

Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.