Black-capped Hemispingus Kleinothraupis atropileus


Black-capped Hemispingus is a fairly common inhabitant of temperate and elfin forest. Though primarily found on the eastern Andean slope, their range also includes portions of the western slope. They seem particularly fond of Chusquea bamboo thickets, where they are most common. They frequently join mixed flocks, among which they are often encountered as pairs or small groups foraging in the understory. Active foragers, they glean for insects. Note this species’ bold eyebrow stripe that sharply contrasts the black head. Also note the yellow or tawny breast, yellow underparts, and green back and tail. Their song consists of a series of high chatters, whistles, and chips.

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Dawn song

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Recommended Citation

Black-capped Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis atropileus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: