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Grey-hooded bush tanager

Grey-hooded bush tanager
From Cordillera del Cóndor, Ecuador.
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Cnemoscopus
Bangs & Penard, 1919
C. rubrirostris
Binomial name
Cnemoscopus rubrirostris
(Lafresnaye, 1840)

The grey-hooded bush tanager (Cnemoscopus rubrirostris) is a species of South American bird in the tanager family Thraupidae. It is the only member of the genus Cnemoscopus. It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


The grey-hooded bush tanager was formally described in 1840 by the French ornithologist Frédéric de Lafresnaye from a sample collected near Bogotá in Colombia. He coined the binomial name Arremon rubrirostris.[2][3] The grey-hooded bush tanager is now the only species placed in the genus Cnemoscopus that was introduced in 1919 by the American ornithologists Outram Bangs and Thomas Penard.[4][5] The genus name combines the Ancient Greek knēmos meaning "mountain-slope" with skopos meaning "searcher" or "watcher". The specific epithet rubrirostris combines the Latin ruber meaning "red" with -rostris meaning "billed".[6]

Two subspecies are recognised:[5]

  • C. r. rubrirostris (Lafresnaye, 1840 – west Venezuela and north-central Colombia to Ecuador
  • C. r. chrysogaster (Taczanowski, 1875) – north Peru to west Bolivia


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Cnemoscopus rubrirostris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T103819177A119454269. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T103819177A119454269.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ de Lafresnaye, Frédéric (1840). "Description de quelques nouveaux espèces d'oiseaux". Revue Zoologique. 3: 227–233 [227].
  3. ^ Paynter, Raymond A. Jr, ed. (1970). Check-List of Birds of the World. Vol. 13. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 262.
  4. ^ Bangs, Outram; Penard, Thomas E. (1919). "Some critical notes on birds". Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 63 (2): 19–40 [38].
  5. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2020). "Tanagers and allies". IOC World Bird List Version 10.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  6. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 111, 340. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.

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