Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Near Threatened

Dusky-headed Brush-finch (Atlapetes fuscoolivaceus)


French: Tohi sombre German: Rußkopf-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes sombrío

Atlapetes fusco-olivaceus


, 1914,

San Agustín, 5000 feet [c. 1525 m], Huila, Colombia




Upper Magdalena Valley (in Huila), in SW Colombia.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; two males average 32·5 g. A dull-coloured brush-finch with distinctly graduated tail. Has crown down to lores, cheek and ear-coverts dusky olive, often nearing... read more


Song a short and quickly delivered series lasting c. 1 second, “swee-see chipi”, with springy and... read more


Humid forest edge, in shrubbery and understorey, also low second growth and clearings with dense... read more

Food and feeding

Little information on diet. Relatively arboreal, but forages also on ground; foraging strata mainly 0·5–6 m above ground. Much foraging is... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Feb–Apr in S Huila. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Slopes EBA. Fairly common to common. Has small... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Dusky-headed Brush-finch (Atlapetes fuscoolivaceus). 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).