Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Giant Conebill (Oreomanes fraseri) - HBW 16, p. 267

French: Conirostre géant German: Riesenspitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro Gigante

Taxonomy: Oreomanes fraseri P. L. Sclater, 1860, Panza, 14,000 feet [c. 4265 m], Chimborazo, Ecuador.
Has sometimes been placed in Coerebidae or Parulidae, but molecular-genetic data indicate that it belongs in present family, with Conirostrum as its sister. Genus sometimes subsumed in latter; hybrid between this species and Conirostrum ferrugineiventre also suggests close relationship. Geographical variation minor, partly clinal, and with checkerboard pattern, in general bill length increasing from N to S, plumage becoming paler from N to S, and differences in facial plumage varying independently of geographical location (and often much variation within a single population); pro.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Oreomanes fraseri P. L. Sclater, 1860, Panza, 14,000 feet [c. 4265 m], Chimborazo, Ecuador.
Has sometimes been placed in Coerebidae or Parulidae, but molecular-genetic data indicate that it belongs in present family, with Conirostrum as its sister. Genus sometimes subsumed in latter; hybrid between this species and Conirostrum ferrugineiventre also suggests close relationship. Geographical variation minor, partly clinal, and with checkerboard pattern, in general bill length increasing from N to S, plumage becoming paler from N to S, and differences in facial plumage varying independently of geographical location (and often much variation within a single population); proposed races binghami (described from Cedrobamba Ruins, near Machu Picchu, at timber-line in SE Peru) and sturninus (from Finca Salo, at c. 3960 m in Potosí, in Bolivia) considered undiagnosable. Monotypic.

Distribution: Extreme S Colombia (volcanoes on border) S in high Andes to Ecuador (S to Azuay and N Loja), and NC Peru S to extreme N Chile (Tarapacá), Bolivia and NW Argentina.

  •      No sound recordings available yet