Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Near Threatened

Rufous-eared Brush-finch (Atlapetes rufigenis)


French: Tohi rougeaud German: Rotohr-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes orejirrufo

Buarremon rufigenis


, 1895,

Huamachuca, 10,400 feet [c. 3170 m], La Libertad, and Cajabamba, 11,000 feet [c. 3350 m], Cajamarca, Peru


Until recently usually treated as conspecific with A. forbesi. Monotypic.


Upper Marañón Valley from Cajamarca S to Ancash and Huánuco, in Andes of W Peru.

Descriptive notes

17·5–19 cm. A relatively large brush-finch with large-headed look and long, wide tail. Head is almost entirely rufous, including side of neck and nape, darker... read more


Song described as a variation on 4 different notes, repeated every 4–6 seconds, each phrase 1... read more


Dense undergrowth and shrubbery in patches of woodland, including Polylepis forest; also... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Tends to forage 0·5–1·5 m up, rarely to 5 m above ground; usually in undergrowth. Also forages while on thick, moss... read more


Juveniles in Jun in La Libertad and in Feb–Mar in Ancash. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian high Andes EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Has a... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Rufous-eared Brush-finch (Atlapetes rufigenis). 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 21 February 2020).