Pardusco Nephelornis oneilli

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Angelo P. Capparella and Christopher C. Witt


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Pardusco
eBird range map for Pardusco

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The east slope of the Cordillera Central in central Perú, as far north as 06°56’S, 20 km south-east of Leimebamba, dpto. San Martín (Mark et al. 2008). Southern limit until recently thought to be c.10°37’S, near Millpo, dpto. Pasco, close to the border with Huánuco, but the Pardusco now is known as far south as c.11°29'S, near Puente Carrizales, dpto. Junín (Witt and Lane in press).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas and only known from Perú.


Elfin forest and scrub at the interface of temperate cloud forest and alpine grassland. Always associated with the treeline ecotone, 3000 - 3800 m elevation. Habitat photographs available in Lowery and Tallman (1976) and Witt and Lane (in press).

Pardusco in a shrub in eflin forest at the type locality: Bosque Unchog, Huánuco, Peru © Charles Hesse

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

Recommended Citation

Capparella, A. P. and C. C. Witt (2009). Pardusco (Nephelornis oneilli), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.