Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae (Tanagers & Allies)  
Genus: Hemispingus (6 species, 15 worldwide)

Hemispingus (genus Hemispingus) are forest-based insect-eating tanagers that usually move together in groups, sometimes with mixed flocks.


Black-capped Hemispingus
Black-capped Hemispingus (Hemispingus atropileus)
Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Usually the most common hemispingus. Generally travels in small groups.

Oleaginous Hemispingus
Oleaginous Hemispingus (Hemispingus frontalis frontalis)
Machu Picchu, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A plainly colored species where the male looks like it might be a female. Oleaginous means oily.

Black-eared Hemispingus
Black-eared Hemispingus (Hemispingus melanotis melanotis)
Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Western Hemispingus
Western Hemispingus (Hemispingus ochraceus)
Reserva Geobot├ínica Pululahua, Pichincha province, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Split from the [Black-eared Hemispingus].

Superciliaried Hemispingus
Superciliaried Hemispingus (Hemispingus superciliaris)
PNN Los Nevados, Colombia
  A thin white brow (and tanager vs. warbler characteristics) differentiates from [Citrine Warbler]. Rare. Generally seen around 3000m.
   
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Black-headed Hemispingus
Black-headed Hemispingus (Hemispingus verticalis)
PNN Los Nevados, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Uncommon. Searches for food on top of leaves. Generally seen around 3000m, and more solitary than other hemispingus.


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