Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Ochre-breasted Brush-finch (Atlapetes semirufus)


French: Tohi demi-roux German: Ockerbrust-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes semirrufo

Tanagra (Arremon) semirufus


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Probably closely related to A. personatus, but previously postulated relationship with A. fulviceps appears unlikely on current genetic evidence#R#R. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. benedettii Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941 – mountains of Falcón, Lara and Trujillo, in NW Venezuela.
  • A. s. denisei (Hellmayr, 1911) – N & NE Venezuela (Carabobo and Aragua E to Monagas and Sucre).
  • A. s. albigula J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1946 – N Táchira, in W Venezuela.
  • A. s. zimmeri Meyer de Schauensee, 1947 – E slope of E Andes of Colombia (S Norte de Santander and NE Boyacá) and Venezuela (W Táchira).
  • A. s. majusculus Todd, 1919 – slope of E Andes in N Boyacá (Colombia).
  • A. s. semirufus (Boissonneau, 1840) – E slope of E Andes in Cundinamarca (Colombia).
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; 29–33 g. A slim brush-finch with finely tipped and pointed bill. Nominate race has head to nape and down to breast plain tawny-orange; upperparts, including wings and... read more


    Song, early in morning largely during start of rainy season, a rapid “wheet-wheet, tsu-tsu-tsu” or... read more


    Shrubbery and understorey in forest borders, also secondary growth such as regenerating clearings.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds and arthropods, also berries and small fruits. Forages on and near ground, under dense understorey; also in shrubs and small trees.... read more


    Season Mar–Jul (spanning end of dry season and first half of rainy season), with peak Apr to late May. Nest built by female, a cup... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Colombia; fairly common in Venezuela. Has reasonably broad range, within which no evidence of any significant population declines or... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2020). Ochre-breasted Brush-finch (Atlapetes semirufus). 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).