Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Cuzco Brush-finch (Atlapetes canigenis)


French: Tohi à joues grises German: Schieferbuschammer Spanish: Atlapetes de Cuzco

Atlapetes canigenis


, 1919,

Torontoy, 9500 feet [c. 2900 m], Urubamba Canyon, Cuzco, Peru


Until recently, generally treated as conspecific with A. schistaceus, but it is more closely related to members of the A. rufinucha group#R. Monotypic.


Andes of Cuzco, in S Peru.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. A dark brush-finch with little contrast in plumage. Has forehead to crown and entire nape tawny-orange, ear-coverts grey in centre, otherwise side of head and side of... read more


Chatter-duet includes cascading trill that descends in frequency, as well as nasal notes and buzzy... read more


Humid montane forest edge and scrub; 2500–3500 m.

Food and feeding

Forages on or near ground. No other information.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Although restricted in range, this species is common where it lives, and there is no imminent threat to its habitat; considered... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Cuzco Brush-finch (Atlapetes canigenis). 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 28 February 2020).