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Pseudospingus verticalis
Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
E Andes, Colombia, November 2008

Hemispingus verticalis


Grey bird (darker above than below) with black head showing contrasting buff central crown stripe and pale eye.


South America: found in the Andes of south-western Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and extreme northern Peru


This is a monotypic species[1]. it seems to be closely related to Drab Hemispingus

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


Its natural habitat is humid to wet high elevation forest.


Sometimes seen walking or hopping on leaves in the canopy or middle level of the forest.

Diet includes fruit, berries, and 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. Avibase
  3. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - The Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  4. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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