Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Green-striped Brush-finch (Arremon virenticeps)


French: Tohi à raies vertes German: Grünscheitel-Buschammer Spanish: Cerquero verdilistado

Buarremon virenticeps


, 1855,

Mexico = Desierto de los Leones, near Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico


Sometimes placed in genus Buarremon or Atlapetes. Has sometimes been treated as conspecific with A. torquatus. Birds from Sinaloa described as race verecundus, but appear too poorly differentiated to warrant recognition. Monotypic.


W Mexico in S Sinaloa, N Nayarit and S Durango, and from Jalisco and Colima E to W Puebla.

Descriptive notes

18–20·5 cm; one male 41 g. Relatively large brush-finch. Has blackish head with white median stripe on forehead becoming greenish along midline of crown, short... read more


Song a variable, prolonged series of high, thin notes, “ssi ssi-ssi”, etc. Call a thin... read more


Undergrowth of humid montane evergreen forest and pine–oak (PinusQuercus) forest... read more

Food and feeding

Little information; diet probably a variety of insect and plant food. Forages on and near ground. Singly and in pairs.


Season Apr–Jun in Morelos, late Jun to early Aug in volcanic belt, and Jul on Pacific slope. Nest a deep cup of grasses, dried leaves and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sierra Madre Occidental and Trans-Mexican Range EBA. Status not well known. Apparently uncommon, but perhaps... read more

Recommended citation

Rising, J. & Jaramillo, A. (2020). Green-striped Brush-finch (Arremon virenticeps). 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).