Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)


Black-spectacled Brush-finch (Atlapetes melanopsis)


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

Atlapetes melanopsis

Valqui and Fjeldså

, 2002,

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


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


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


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


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


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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 on 23 February 2020).