|Bicolored Conebill Conirostrum bicolor
|Marchantaria Island, Manaus, Brazil
The conebills are small tanagers looking a bit like warblers and with sharply pointed bills. There are two groups of conebills: the Andean group and the lowland group comprising 4 species all generally coloured blue-grey.
|They are found in mangrove swamps on the Atlantic coast of South America from Colombia to the state of São Paulo, Brazil as well as on Amazon river islands such as Marchantaria, where they tend to favour Cecropia trees as in the second photo.
On the river islands they occur with the very similar Pearly-breasted Conebill (Conirostrum margaritae) which we also saw on this trip but not, unfortunately, well enough to photograph.
The principal differences between the two are the reddish iris of the Bicoloured as opposed to the pale tan iris of the Pearly-breasted and the lack of a buffy tinge on the pale pearly grey underparts of the Pearly-breasted Conebill.