Black-eared Hemispingus Sphenopsis melanotis


A highly variable species found through the Andes of southwestern Venezuela to northern Bolivia, the Black-eared Hemispingus can always be safely identified by the combination of black cheeks, pale supercilium, and cinnamon to rufous underparts. Those forms in northwest Peru, which are most divergent in having an all-black head apart from the long clean white supercilium, are sometimes separated specifically, under the vernacular name Piura Hemispingus. Throughout its broad range, this hemispingus is uncommon to locally fairly common, and seems to be most fond of areas with extensive Chusquea bamboo. Like congenerics, the Black-eared Hemispingus is typically found in pairs or singly, but often joins mixed-species flocks with other insectivores.

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Recommended Citation

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