Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Cream-crowned Brush-finch (Atlapetes paynteri)


French: Tohi de Paynter German: Weißkronen-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes de Paynter

Atlapetes leucopterus paynteri


, 1980,

Cordillera del Cóndor, above San José de Lourdes, Dept. Cajamarca, Peru, 5°02’ S, 78°51’ W, approximately 2200 m


Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. leucopterus, but differs in its nearly white vs dark rufous-buff patch on crown and nape (3); grey vs buffy-olive-grey flanks, dorsum, remiges and rectrices (1); white vs buffy undertail-coverts (1); distinctly longer tail (mean of five males 72 mm vs 65.4 in 14 nominate and 64.5 in 12 A. l. dresseri; allow 2); apparent differences in song and call#R, with dawn song having on average fewer notes per phrase (sample size small; allow 1)#R; reported use of more humid forest undergrowth than other races (to be confirmed; ns). Monotypic.

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S Zamora-Chinchipe, in S Ecuador and N Cajamarca (Cordillera del Cóndor), in NW Peru.

Descriptive notes

15·5–16·5 cm; 23–26·5 g. Small brush-finch, dark-backed, whitish-bellied, with large white patch at base of primaries, long bill only moderately deep at base. Adult has... read more


Song a musical and pleasant “chew-chew tee-tee” or “chee-chee tewr tewr”, said to contain on... read more


Prefers humid undergrowth at edges of humid montane forest; 1700–2200 m.

Food and feeding

Diet unknown. Forages on and near ground. Other details probably similar to those known for A. leucopterus.


Nothing known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to locally fairly common in Peru. Range perhaps entirely encompassed with Southern Central Andes EBA. Known range very small (... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Cream-crowned Brush-finch (Atlapetes paynteri). 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 19 February 2020).