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Blue-backed Conebill

Conirostrum sitticolor

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Small attractive tanager, fairly common and widespread in the temperate zone of the Andes from Venezuela to Bolivia. Black head, blue back, black wings, and burnt-orange belly. Sexes alike. Where it overlaps with Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager note the conebills smaller size and more pointed bill. Typically found in pairs or small family groups working the middle and upper levels of temperate forest and edge. Often follows mixed-species flocks.

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