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Orange-browed Hemispingus - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Orange-browed Tanager; Bolivian Hemispingus; Yungas Hemispingus

Kleinothraupis calophrys

Hemispingus calophrys


14 - 16cm.

  • Jet-black central crown stripe and broad stripe through eye
  • Bright orange-ochre supercilium
  • Small orange-ochre spot embedded in black on rear ear-coverts
  • Bright olive upperparts
  • Rich orange-ochre side of head, throat and chest, fading to ochre-yellow on lower underparts
  • Pale olive flanks and undertail-coverts

Sexes similar. Immatures are duller and have a mostly olive head.

Similar species

Differs from Black-capped Hemispingus by broad orange-ochre (not white) supercilium.


Found on the eastern slope of the Andes from southern Peru to western and central Bolivia.
A fairly common to locally common restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
This species has been placed in genus Hemispingus in the past.
May form a superspecies with Black-capped Hemispingus and has been treated conspecific with it.


Moist montanes. Mainly where extensive Chusquea bamboo occurs.
Occurs at 2300 - 3350m.


Feeds on insects and some plant matter.
Usually seen in pairs or small groups, often in mixed-species flocks.
Forages in bamboo and close to the ground.
No information about breeding.
A 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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