French: Tohi ardoisé German: Graubrust-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes pizarroso
Tanagra (Arremon) schistaceus
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. fumidus
Wetmore & Phelps, Jr, 1953 – Sierra de Perijá, on N Colombia–W Venezuela border.
A. s. castaneifrons
(P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1875) – Andes of Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida and C & E Táchira).
A. s. tamae
Cory, 1913 – W Venezuela (SW Táchira) and adjacent Colombia (Norte de Santander).
A. s. schistaceus
(Boissonneau, 1840) – W & C Colombian Andes (S from Antioquia and Norte de Santander) and N & C Ecuador.
17–18 cm; 22·6–43·9 g. A largely greyish brush-finch. Nominate race has crown to nape rusty, face down to lower edge of ear-coverts and back to sides of neck black, usually a... read more
Song an energetic series of loud, sharp, high-pitched trills and squeaks, ending in distinctive... read more
Shrubby forest borders and undergrowth of humid woodland, reaching to treeline. Found in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes insects and fruit. More arboreal, less terrestrial, than other brush-finches. Tends to forage from ground level to 5 m up;... read more
In Colombia, fledglings observed in Apr–Aug in Cauca and Apr in Cundinamarca and birds in breeding condition in Apr–Sept in N and in Nov in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in Venezuela and Colombia; uncommon in Ecuador. No known threats. Because of its large range, generally good levels of... read more
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