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Hemispingus rufosuperciliaris

Rufous-browed Hemispingus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan

Hemispingus rufosuperciliaris

Bosque Unchog, Huánuco, Peru; 12 December 2009 © Christian Nunes

An unmistakable species that is strikingly patterned, and unusually long-legged for its genus, the Rufous-browed Hemispingus has largely slaty upperparts, with black ear-coverts, crown and nape, a tawny supercilium and slightly paler tawny underparts. Considered to be rare and local, and currently categorized as Vulnerable according to IUCN threat criteria, this recently described Peruvian endemic is restricted to the east Andes, where it inhabits dense undergrowth in humid elfin forest near and just below the treeline. Rufous-browed Hemispingus shows a marked preference for extensive thickets of Chusquea bamboo.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan. 2012. Rufous-browed Hemispingus (Hemispingus rufosuperciliaris), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Elfin forest
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial/Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Vulnerable