Order: Passeriformes | Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu Road, Cuzco
Age: Adult (berlepchi) | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Abra Patricia, Amazonas
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador
Age: Adult (piurae )| Sex: Unknown | Loc. Utuana, Ecuador
Status: The Black-eared Hemispingus is uncommon in humid montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1100-2200 m. The sub-species piurae and macrophrys range on the west slope of the northern Andes at elevations ranging between 1200-3050 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.
Name in Spanish: Hemispingo de Oreja Negra.
Sub-species: Black-eared Hemispingus (Sphenopsis melanotis piurae) Chapman, 1923. southwest Ecuador and northwest Peru.
(S. m.macrophrys), Koepcke, 1961.
(S. m. berlepschi), (Taczanowski), 1880. E slope of Andes in Peru from Amazonas S to N Cuzco.
(S. m. castaneicollis), (P. L. Sclater), 1858. E slope in SE Peru (from Puno) S to C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).
Meaning of Name: Sphenopsis: Gr. Sphēnos= wedge, opsis= appearance. melanotis: Gr. melas, melanos= black and otis= eared.
Formerly known as Hemispingus melanotis (2017).
- 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. http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.