Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)


Paria Brush-finch (Arremon phygas)


French: Tohi de Berlepsch German: Berlepschbuschammer Spanish: Cerquero de Berlepsch

Buarremon torquatus phygas


, 1912,

Los Palmares, Sucre, Venezuela


Until recently was often placed in genus Buarremon (or Atlapetes), and considered conspecific with A. costaricensis, A. assimilis, A. basilicus, A. perijanus, A. torquatus, A. atricapillus and A. phaeopleurus. Molecular and morphological data indicated that all members of above-mentioned group should be treated as separate species#R#R. Monotypic.


Mountains of N Anzoátegui, Sucre and N Monagas, in NE Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

19 cm. A stocky brush-finch looking relatively large-headed, with longish bill. Has cap and face black, vestigial trace of grey median crownstripe, and whitish rear... read more


Song described as a high-pitched and sibilant “éé-sit, ezzaweet...éé-sit...ezzaseet...ease-sit...... read more


Undergrowth inside humid montane forest, sometimes near edges and borders; 920–1500 m.

Food and feeding

No details of diet. Forages on ground, scratching at leaf litter with its bill. Singly and in pairs.


Season May–Jul. No other information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Caripe-Paria Region EBA. Status little known. Until recently treated as a race of A. torquatus. Known only from a... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Paria Brush-finch (Arremon phygas). 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 22 February 2020).