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Superciliaried Hemispingus

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Subspecies urubambaePhoto © by Stanley Jones San Luis, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Subspecies urubambae
Photo © by Stanley Jones
San Luis, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Hemispingus superciliaris

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[edit] Identification

Bird of the superciliaris-groupPhoto © by Michael W Termes de Papallacta Hot Springs on the eastern slope of the Andes, Ecuador, March 2007
Bird of the superciliaris-group
Photo © by Michael W
Termes de Papallacta Hot Springs on the eastern slope of the Andes, Ecuador, March 2007

13–14 cm (5-5½ in); A rather variable species.

  • Dusky olive head with long and narrow white supercilium
  • Olive-green upperparts including tail
  • Bright yellow throat and underparts, flanks tinged olive

[edit] Variations

  • chrysophrys with a yellow (not white) supercilium
  • birds of the white-bellied group have grey upperparts and tail and whitish underparts

Sexes similar. Immatures are duller and have less contrasting head pattern.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in the Andes of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Fairly common to locally common in its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

Now placed in the genus Thlypopsis by Clements.

[edit] Subspecies

The 7 subspecies can be divided in three groups[1]:

  • Yellow-browed Hemispingus / Tachira Hemispingus
  • H. s. chrysophrys: Andes of north-western Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida and Táchira)
  • Superciliaris Group - White-browed Hemispingus
  • H. s. superciliaris: Eastern Andes of central Colombia (Cundinamarca)
  • H. s. nigrifrons: Central Andes of Colombia and Ecuador
  • H. s. maculifrons: Andes of extreme south-western Ecuador and north-western Peru
  • White-bellied Hemispingus
  • H. s. insignis: Highlands of northern Peru (Utcubamba Valley east of Río Marañón)
  • H. s. leucogastrus: Temperate Andes of central Peru (Junín)
  • H. s. urubambae: Temperate Andes of southern Peru (Cuzco) to western Bolivia (La Paz)

[edit] Habitat

Humid forest and forest edges, also in second growth, tall Polylepsis woodland and landslides.
Recorded at 1900 to 3350m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on arthropods, may also take some berries and fruit.
Often seen in mixed-species flocks in pairs or small groups. An active and restless species.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding indicated in February and July in Colombia. No other information.

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781
  3. Avibase
  4. BF Member observations

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