Chestnut vented Conebill (Conirostrum speciosum)

Chestnut-vented Conebill

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Parulidae | [latin] Conirostrum speciosum | [UK] Chestnut-vented Conebill | [FR] Conirostre cul-roux | [DE] Rotsteiss-Spitzschnabel | [ES] Mielerito Azul | [IT] Beccoconico sottocoda castano | [NL] Roodbuik-spitssnavel


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Conirostrum speciosum SA widespread
Conirostrum speciosum amazonum
Conirostrum speciosum guaricola
Conirostrum speciosum speciosum

Physical charateristics

The male is dull greyish blue above with paler underparts. Wings are dusky with blue edges and have small white spots. The under tail is chestnut. zfemale is very different with crown and nape grey blue, lores buff and underparts bright yellow olive. Throat and chest buff white, belly and further down pale white. Flanks are tinged olive. Bill is long and somewhat decurved.

Listen to the sound of Chestnut-vented Conebill

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It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest. this species is found in the canopy of secondary forests and shrubs, sometimes near cultivated areas. It is frequently found in mixed-species with other passerines.


It builds a cup-shaped nest of fine dry petioles. Clutch size is usually three eggs which are bluish-green with brown spots around the large ends. Nests can be hidden by leaf (wrapped).

Feeding habits

They feed in pairs or small flocks by gleaning insects from foliage. The Chestnut-vented Conebill will also come to sugarwater


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 7,200,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘common’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Chestnut-vented Conebill status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map


Title The nest and eggs of the Chestnut-vented Conebill Conirostrum speciosum (Temminck, 1824)
Author(s): Rómulo Ribon & José Eduardo Simon
Abstract: The genus Conirostrum (Lafresnaye & d’Orbigny, 183..[more]..

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