Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Vulnerable

Paria Brush-finch (Arremon phygas)


Taxonomy

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

Buarremon torquatus phygas

Berlepsch

, 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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

Season May–Jul. No other information.

Movements

Resident.

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61974 on 22 February 2020).