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Drab Hemispingus - BirdForum Opus

Photo by megan perkins
Abra Barra Negro, N Peru, November 2011

Alternative names: Dark Hemispingus; Drab Tanager

Pseudospingus xanthophthalmus

Hemispingus xanthophthalmus


13cm. A small, slender and relatively thin-billed, dull hemispingus.

  • Plain brownish-grey head and upperparts
  • Dull greyish-white underparts with buff tinge on undertail-coverts
  • White to pale yellow iris
  • Blackish bill and legs

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


South America: found in humid Andes of central Peru to north-western Bolivia (Puno and La Paz).
An uncommon to locally fairly common species.


This is a monotypic species[1].
It forms a superspecies with Black-headed Hemispingus.

This species has in the past been placed in genus Hemispingus.


Moist cloud forest up to tree-line.
Occurs at 2200 to 3350m.


Feeds on insects.
Occurs in pairs or small flocks, usually in mixed-species flocks.
No information on breeding.
An apparently resident species.


  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. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781

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