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Adult, nominate subspecies
Photo by RKA
Cacandee, Trinidad, February 2004
Conirostrum bicolor


11.4 cm (4½ in)
Adult: Grayish blue upperparts. Underparts creamy.
The immature birds are dull grayish above, yellowish on the face and breast and paler whitish on the lower belly.

They also have a very pointed bill and pinkish legs.

Juvenile, nominate subspecies
Photo by njlarsen
Caroni Swamp, Trinidad, March 2010


Caribbean and South America
Caribbean: Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. b. bicolor:
  • C. b. minus:


Found primarily in mangroves along the coast and along the Amazon River.



Their diet is poorly recorded, but is known to include insects.


They use grass and feathers to construct their small cup nest.


The call is a thin tseep.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7
  3. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - the passerines. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, USA. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  4. Kenefick, Restall, Hayes, 2007. Field guide to the birds of Trinidad and Tobago. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-13557-2
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Apr 2018)
  6. Avibase
  7. Wikipedia

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