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Cinereous Conebill - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies littorale
Photo © by Luis R
Lluta River, Arica, Chile, December 2017
Conirostrum cinereum


Photo © by Wilson Diaz
Sangal. Cajamarca, Peru, 20 August 2020

12–12·5 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Grey upperparts
  • White supercilium
  • Blackish wings
  • L-shaped wing-patch
  • Pale grey underparts
  • Buffy belly


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. fraseri:
  • C. c. littorale:
  • West slope of Western Andes of Peru to northern Chile
  • C. c. cinereum:
  • Andes of south-eastern Peru and western Bolivia


Intermontane valleys between 2500-4200m, also mixed agricultural areas and gardens.



Their diet consists almost entirely of small insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2020) - Avibase. Retrieved 29 September 2020
  3. Chavez, A. N. (2020). Cinereous Conebill (Conirostrum cinereum), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.cincon1.01
  4. Arthur Grosset
  5. Birdforum member personal observations

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