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Photo © by Michael W
Nono-Mindo Rd, Tandayapa Valley, Ecuador, 10 March 2007
Conirostrum albifrons


13–13·5 cm
Sexually dimorphic:
Male is largely black, with subtle blue crown
Female has light brown head, gray chest and belly, and olive back.


Photo © by Wilson Diaz
Atuen valley. Amazonas, Peru, 15 July 2018

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia on both slopes of Andes, but more common in East.



Six subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. a. albifrons:
  • C. a. centralandium:
  • Central Andes of Colombia (Antioquia to Cauca)
  • C. a. cyanonotum:
  • Coastal mountains of northern Venezuela (Aragua and Distrito Federal)
  • C. a. atrocyaneum:
  • C. a. sordidum:
  • Andes of southern Peru (Junín) to western Bolivia (La Paz)
  • C. a. lugens:
  • Yungas of eastern Bolivia (Cochabamba and Santa Cruz)


Upper subtropical and temperate forest.


Stays high in the trees, wags tail incessantly.

Moves around in family groups often with large mixed-species flocks.


  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. Lepage D. (2020) Avibase Retrieved 24 August 2020

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