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

17·3–18 cm. A relatively large-headed brush-finch with long and somewhat droopy bill. Adult has uniform olive-green upperparts, cinnamon-rufous crown, black head-sides to... read more


Song (mostly at dawn and dusk) variable, usually two parts, starting with musical set of notes and... read more


Understorey and midstorey of humid subtropical and elfin forest with ferns and bamboo, regenerating... read more

Food and feeding

Food includes arthropods, fruits and berries. Forages in trees and shrubs occasionally as high as 10 m, as well as on ground. Usually in... read more


Fledglings observed during May and Jun (Mérida). No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de Mérida EBA. Fairly common. No evidence of any significant decline in population.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 19 February 2020).