Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Apurimac Brush-finch (Atlapetes forbesi)


French: Tohi de Forbes German: Forbesbuschammer Spanish: Atlapetes de Apurímac

Atlapetes forbesi


, 1947,

Pomayaco, 9100 feet [c. 2775 m], Pampas River valley, 80 miles [c. 130 km] south-east of Ayacucho, Apurímac, Peru


Until recently usually treated as conspecific with A. rufigenis. Monotypic.


Andes of S Peru (N Apurímac and adjacent Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

18 cm. A dark-backed whitish bellied brush-finch with long bill only moderately deep at base. Has mostly rufous head, including nape and side of neck, but with black forehead... read more


Song “tchip tsééw! Tchi pi-pi”, or sometimes only the “tchip ts... read more


Montane scrub and Polylepis forest, at 2700–4600 m.

Food and feeding

Little known. Forages on or close to ground.


Birds in breeding condition in Mar and fledglings seen in May in Apurímac. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Despite its small global range, this species is thought not to be under any immediate pressure, and there are no problems evident... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Apurimac Brush-finch (Atlapetes forbesi). 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 22 February 2020).