Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Critically Endangered

Antioquia Brush-finch (Atlapetes blancae)


French: Tohi de Blanca German: Antioquiabuschammer Spanish: Atlapetes antioqueño

Atlapetes blancae


, 2007,

San Pedro de los Milagros, Antioquia, Colombia


Close morphologically to A. schistaceus, but differs in its paler grey back and (more notably) underparts and flanks (2); much weaker malar stripe (2); paler, broader rufous on crown (2); greyish vs white supraloral markings (ns[1]); and longer bill (allow 1); moreover, circumstantial evidence suggests the two taxa may be (or may have been) sympatric. Monotypic.


San Pedro de los Milagros (in C Andes of Antioquia), in Colombia; last record in 1971#R.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. A largely pale greyish brush-finch, known only from museum specimens. Forehead to nape is rufous, with contrasting dark greyish face, blackish on lores and eyeline,... read more




No certain information; probably forest edge, 2400–2800 m.

Food and feeding

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Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Recently described on basis of museum specimens. Last record in 1971; currently known only from museum specimens. Possibly Extinct. Three specimens... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Antioquia Brush-finch (Atlapetes blancae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).