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Photo © by Stanley Jones
Lower east side of Abra Patricia, Amazonas Department, Peru, November 2013

Alternative name: Puno Hemispingus

Kleinothraupis auricularis

Hemispingus auricularis



  • Sooty-black crown and side of head
  • Long, narrow white supercilium from nostril to nape
  • Brownish-olive upperparts
  • Dull greyish-olive tail
  • Olive-yellow underparts
  • Some shows ochre-yellow on throat and upper breast
  • Dark reddish-brown eye

Sexes similar. Immatures similar but duller.


Andes of eastern Peru (Amazonas to Cuzco)


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species has recently been split from Black-capped Hemispingus


Moist, dense montane forests, especially with bamboo.




  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. Hilty, S. (2020). Black-capped Hemispingus (Kleinothraupis atropileus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.blchem1.01

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