Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Endangered

Black-spectacled Brush-finch (Atlapetes melanopsis)


Taxonomy

French: Tohi à face noire German: Schwarzbrillen-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes de anteojos
Taxonomy:

Atlapetes melanopsis

Valqui and Fjeldså

, 2002,

4 km south-east of Huachocollpa, Tayacaja Province, Huancavelica, Peru

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Originally described under name A. melanops, but this name is preoccupied. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Junín and N Huancavelica (just N & S of R Mantaro) and NE Ayacucho#R, in SC Peru.

Descriptive notes

19 cm. A dark-backed brush-finch with long bill only moderately deep at base. Has largely rufous head, ­including nape and side of neck, with lower forehead black,... read more

Voice

Song begins with accented pair of introductory notes and then chipping notes, these running... read more

Habitat

Montane scrub and forest edge in seasonally humid regions (absent from humid E-slope areas); found... read more

Food and feeding

Appears to feed on seeds and insects. Forages from ground level to 3 m above ground. Searches while moving along branches; sometimes hangs... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

No information.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Local and uncommon. Total range, as currently known, is very small, although recent records extend its linear distribution four-fold. Since its initial discovery... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Black-spectacled Brush-finch (Atlapetes melanopsis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61996 on 23 February 2020).