Chestnut-vented Conebill (Conirostrum speciosum)

Chestnut-vented Conebill

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thraupidae | [latin] Conirostrum speciosum | [UK] Chestnut-vented Conebill | [FR] Sylvette-pouillot jolie | [DE] Rotsteiss-Spitzschnabel | [ES] Mielerito Azul | [NL] Roodbuikspitssnavel


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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South America : widespread


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 an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Chestnut-vented Conebill status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Chestnut-vented Conebill distribution range map

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