Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Near Threatened

Rufous-eared Brush-finch (Atlapetes rufigenis)


Taxonomy

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

Buarremon rufigenis

Salvin

, 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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61994 on 21 February 2020).