Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Fulvous-headed Brush-finch (Atlapetes fulviceps)


French: Tohi à tête rousse German: Braunbart-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes cabecirrufo

Emberiza fulviceps

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Tacora [= Totora], Cochabamba, Bolivia


Sometimes considered to be related to A. semirufus and A. personatus; while last two may be closely related, present species appears to be only visually similar to them while, in fact, sister to A. citrinellus#R. Monotypic.


Andes of Bolivia (from La Paz S to Tarija) and adjacent NW Argentina (S to Jujuy and Salta).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; one bird 28·2 g. Head down to cheek, ear-coverts, side of neck and nape cinnamon, contrasting yellow patch on lores and yellow submoustachial area, latter... read more


Song, from low vegetation, tends to be relatively uniform, is short and explosive, with... read more


Edge of semi-humid Yungas forest, undergrowth in moist open woodland, especially where alders (... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and seeds recorded as eaten; also fruits. Forages from just above ground to 3 m up in shrubbery. Also searches along thick moss-... read more


Eggs in Jan in N Argentina (Jujuy). No other information.


Resident; some evidence that some move downslope, to as low as 400 m in elevation, in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. Has reasonably extensive range and is reasonably abundant within it, and there is no evidence for any declines in its numbers... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Bonan, A. (2020). Fulvous-headed Brush-finch (Atlapetes fulviceps). 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 26 February 2020).