Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Pale-naped Brush-finch (Atlapetes pallidinucha)


French: Tohi à nuque claire German: Zimtstirn-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes nuquipálido

Tanagra (Arremon) pallidinucha


, 1840,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. pallidinucha (Boissonneau, 1840) – SW Venezuela (Táchira) and E Andes of Colombia (Norte de Santander S to Cundinamarca).
  • A. p. papallactae Hellmayr, 1913 – C Andes of Colombia (S from Antioquia) and E slope of Ecuador S to extreme N Peru (Piura–Cajamarca border).
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; 21·4–40·2 g. A relatively large-headed brush-finch with high rounded crown, and relatively thick but short and pointed bill. Nominate race has... read more


    Territorial song in N Peru noted as a musical and whistled “wheet-tew-tew-tew”; one... read more


    Subtropical to temperate zone in borders and understorey of humid forest, most often at or near... read more

    Food and feeding

    Berries, such as those of Miconia or Ericaceae; also insects. Stomach contents have included seeds and other plant material, as... read more


    In Colombia, nest found in Sept in Bogotá, birds in breeding condition Feb–Sept in C & E Andes, and fledglings found in Mar and Jun;... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common; usually most common at higher elevations, above 3000 m. Has reasonably large range, high abundance in parts of that range,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2020). Pale-naped Brush-finch (Atlapetes pallidinucha). 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).