Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Caracas Brush-finch (Arremon phaeopleurus)


French: Tohi de Sclater German: Caracasbuschammer Spanish: Cerquero de Sclater

Buarremon phæopleurus

P. L. Sclater

, 1856,

Caracas, Venezuela


Until recently was often placed in genus Buarremon (or Atlapetes), and considered conspecific with A. costaricensis, A. assimilis, A. basilicus, A. perijanus, A. torquatus, A. atricapillus and A. phygas. Molecular and morphological data indicated that all members of above-mentioned group should be treated as separate species#R#R. Monotypic.


Mountains of Aragua, Miranda and Distrito Federal, in N Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

19 cm. A stocky brush-finch which looks relatively large-headed, with longish bill. Has cap and face black, with grey ­median crownstripe and greyish-white super­... read more


Song is very high-pitched, almost hummingbird-like. It typically consists of a three to five-note... read more


Undergrowth in humid montane forest, particularly near edges and borders; 700–1800 m.

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages on ground; scratches at leaf litter with its bill. Singly and in pairs.


Season May–Jul. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA. Status little known. Until recently was treated as a race of... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A., Sharpe, C.J. & Boesman, P. (2020). Caracas Brush-finch (Arremon phaeopleurus). 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 25 February 2020).