Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Merida Brush-finch (Atlapetes meridae)


French: Tohi de Mérida German: Méridabuschammer Spanish: Atlapetes de Mérida

Buarremon meridæ

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1871,

near Mérida, Venezuela


Until recently considered conspecific with A. albofrenatus, but differs in its all-yellow throat (sometimes with vestigial black malar line) vs narrow white throat with thick black malars (3); broad vs narrow white submoustachial stripe (2); rufous of crown extending to bill (no or vestigial black above bill) vs broad black forehead (2); clearly divergent trilled song#R (at least 2). Monotypic.


Andes of Mérida and E Táchira, in W Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Merida Brush-finch (Atlapetes meridae). 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 21 October 2018).