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Capped Conebill

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Conirostrum albifrons
MalePhoto by Michael WNono-Mindo Rd, Tandayapa Valley, Ecuador, March 2007
Photo by Michael W
Nono-Mindo Rd, Tandayapa Valley, Ecuador, March 2007



Sexually dimorphic: Male is largely black, with subtle blue crown. Female has light brown head, gray chest and belly, and olive back.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia on both slopes of Andes, but more common in East.

FemalePhoto by: Gary Clark Nono-Mindo Rd, Tandayapa Valley, Ecuador
Photo by: Gary Clark
Nono-Mindo Rd, Tandayapa Valley, Ecuador



Six subspecies are recognized:

  • C. a. albifrons:
  • C. a. centralandium:
  • Central Andes of Colombia (Antioquia to Cauca)
  • C. a. cyanonotum:
  • Coastal mountains of northern Venezuela (Aragua and Distrito Federal)
  • C. a. atrocyaneum:
  • C. a. sordidum:
  • Andes of southern Peru (Junín) to western Bolivia (La Paz)
  • C. a. lugens:
  • Yungas of eastern Bolivia (Cochabamba and Santa Cruz)


Upper subtropical and temperate forest.


Stays high in the trees, wags tail incessantly.

Moves around in family groups often with large mixed-species flocks.


  1. Clements, JF. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019
  2. Avibase

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