BIRDS of THE WORLD - An Online Bird Book


The Emberizidae family includes brush-finches, buntings, juncos, New World sparrows, and towhees. The majority of these birds live in the New World where the family probably originated. They are small seed-eaters with a finch-like bill. In addition to seeds they also eat insects, especially when feeding their young. They build cup-shaped nests.

New World Brush-Finch

Order Passeriformes   Family Emberizidae

Genus Atlapetes
Brush-finches (Atlapetes) are medium sized, long tailed sparrows; the plumage of most species is predominately gray or olive, and many species of brush-finch also have a contrasting color on the crown. Many have white malar stripes and dark throat stripes.

Finch, Apurimac Brush-  Atlapetes forbesi  Found: Peru
The Apurimac Brush-Finch has medium gray upperparts; paler gray underparts; russet crown; black lores with white supraloral patch; black loral throat stripes.
Image by: 1, 2) Fabrice Schmitt

Finch, Bay-crowned Brush-  Atlapetes seebohmi  Found: Ecuador, Peru
The Bay-crowned Brush-Finch has olive-gray upperparts; black face; chestnut crown; white throat, malar stripe; dark throat stripes.
Image by: 1) Roger Ahlman - Ecuador

Finch, Black-faced Brush-  Atlapetes melanolaemus  Found: Bolivia, Peru
The Black-face Brush-Finch has dark olive upperparts; black face, throat; russet crown stripe; dusky-yellow underparts.
Image by: 1) Carol Foil  2) Francesco Veronesi

Finch, Black-spectacled Brush-  Atlapetes melanopsis  Found: Peru
The Black-spectacled Brush-Finch has dark gray upperparts; lighter gray underparts; russet crown; black eye patch, supraloral patch, forehead; white malar stripe, throat.
Image by: 1) Carlos Calle 

Finch, Bolivian Brush-also Rufous-naped Brush-Finch  Atlapetes rufinucha  Found: Bolivia, Peru
The Bolivian Brush-Finch has dark green upperparts; blackish wings, tail, face; rufous crown stripe, nape.
Image by: 1) Orbigny  2) Muhammad Khan

Finch, Cuzco Brush-
  Atlapetes canigenis  Found: southeastern Peru
The Cuzco Brush-Finch has mainly gray plumage; rusty crown stripe.
Image by: 1) Dominic Sherony

Finch, Dusky-headed Brush-  Atlapetes fuscoolivaceus  Found: Columbia
Image by: 1) Ron Knight

Finch, Fulvous-headed Brush-  Atlapetes fulviceps  Found: Argentina, Bolivia
The Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch has olive upperparts; yellow underparts; rufous head; yellow supraloral spot.
Image by: 1) Orbigny  2) Freddy Burgos - Argentina

Finch, Pale-headed Brush-
  Atlapetes pallidiceps  Found: Ecuador
The Pale-headed Brush-Finch has brownish-gray upperparts; white spot at base of primaries; light gray underparts; pale head.
Image by: 1) Pia Oberg

Finch, Pale-naped Brush-  Atlapetes pallidinucha  Found: South America
The Pale-naped Brush-Finch has gray upperparts, side of head; yellow forehead, throat; white nape; gray-yellow breast transitions to gray lower belly.  It is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Dick Daniels - Guango Lodge, Ecuador - Guango Lodge

Finch, Rufous-capped Brush-  Atlapetes pileatus Found: Mexico
The Rufous-capped Brush-Finch has rufous-gray to rufous-brown upperparts; yellowish underparts tinged with olive on breast and darker on flanks; rufous crown; gray face.
Image by: 1) Jerry Oldenettel  2) Amy McAndrews

Finch, Rufous-eared Brush-  Atlapetes rufigenis Found: Andes of west-central Peru
The Rufous-eared Brush-Finch has mainly gray upperparts; rusty head; bold white submoustachial streak; whitish throat; gray flanks.
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) Peter Boesman

Finch, Rusty-bellied Brush-  Atlapetes nationi  Found: Peru
The Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch has gray upperparts, breast, flanks; rusty-buffy belly; blackish head.
Image by: 1) Carlos Calle

Finch, Santa Marta Brush- Atlapetes melanocephalus  Found: Santa Marta mountains of Columbia
The Santa Marta Brush-Finch has dark olive upperparts; yellow underparts; black head with white cheeks; reddish eyes.
Image by: 1) Alejandro Tamayo  2) Dave Curtis

Finch, Slaty Brush-  Atlapetes schistaceus  Found: Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela
Image by: 1) Ken-ichi Ueda - Columbia

Finch, Tricolored Brush-  Atlapetes tricolor  Found: Columbia, Ecuador, Peru
The Tricolored Brush-Finch has olive upperparts; yellow underparts; black face.
Image by: 1) Joseph Smit  2) Alejandro Tamayo

Finch, White-headed Brush-  Atlapetes albiceps  Found: southern Ecuador, northern Peru
The White-headed Brush-Finch has gray upperparts; white spot at base of primaries; white face; blackish crown, nape; whitish underparts; gray flanks.
Image by: 1) David Cook - Peru  2) Altabpe00 - Peru

Finch, White-naped Brush-  Atlapetes albinucha  Found: Central America, Columbia
The White-naped Brush-Finch has grayish-black upperparts; mostly black head with white stripe along middle of head to nape; yellow throat; whitish underparts.
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - Boquette, Panama  2) Amy McAndrews - Mexico

Finch, White-winged Brush-  Atlapetes leucopterus  Found: Ecuador, Peru
The White-winged Brush-Finch has gray upperparts; lighter gray underparts; white throat; russet crown stripe; white patch at base of primaries.
Image by: 1) Nigel Voaden - Ecuador

Finch, Yellow-headed Brush-  Atlapetes flaviceps  Found: Columbia
The Yellow-headed Brush-Finch has dark olive upperparts, wings ,tail; bright yellow most of head; there may be olive on head;
Image by: 1) Alejandro Tamayo  2) Ron Knight

Finch, Yellow-striped Brush-  Atlapetes citrinellus  Found: Argentina, Paraguay
The Yellow-striped Brush-FInch has olive upperparts; dirty yellow underparts; dark olive crown, cheeks; blackish lateral throat stripes.
Image by: 1) Allan Drewitt  2) Ron Knight

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