Cinereous Conebill (Conirostrum cinereum)

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

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Western Peru

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Canta, Loma

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Camana|Huaraz


Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The Cinereous Conebill is bluish gray above. The underparts are lighter gray or buffy-gray with shades of rusty on the lower belly and undertail coverts. It has a conspicuous pale or buffy superciliary and white wing speculum. The open wing shows a white band across. Both sexes are similar. It forages in pairs or family groups in semi-open habitats, riparian scrub, hedges, urban settings, and agricultural areas. It is similar to the Tamarugo Conebill but is distinguished by having gray throat and pale superciliary. Also, see the Bananaquit.

Status: The Cinereous Conebill is uncommon and widespread on the coastal lowlands, west slope and inter-Andean valleys from sea level to up to 4200 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Pico-de-Cono Cinéreo.

Sub-species: Cinereous Conebill (Conirostrum cinereum littorale), Berlepsch and Stolzmann, 1896.  W & NE Peru (W coast and W slope of Andes from Cajamarca, and E slope of Andes in upper Marañón Valley) S to N Chile (Tarapacá).
(Conirostrum cinereum cinereum), d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1838.  C highlands and tree-line on E slope of Andes in Peru (from Huánuco) S to N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and Potosí) and N Chile.

Meaning of Name: Conirostrum: L. conus= cone and rostrum= bill. cinereum: L. cinis, cineris= ashes. Cinereus= ash-grey, ash-coloured.

See more of the Family Thraupidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.