Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Taczanowski's Brush-finch (Atlapetes taczanowskii)


French: Tohi de Taczanowski German: Taczanowskibuschammer Spanish: Atlapetes de Taczanowski

Buarremon taczanowskii

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1875,

Maraynioc, Higos, and Sillapata, Peru


Until recently considered conspecific with A. schistaceus, but differs in its much paler rufous crown (2); black vs dark grey ear-coverts (1); purer white throat (1); song phrases with on average more notes (effect size based on published information#R 1.44, score 1); much greater number of different notes in song phrases (effect size based on published information#R 2.37, score 2). Present species name is a replacement name introduced for Buarremon mystacalis Taczanowski, 1874, based on perceived homonymy with Arremon mysticalis [sic] P. L. Sclater, 1852, a name now in synonymy of Atlapetes albofrenatus#R; irrespective of other arguments, and whether or not replacement was justified, name mystacalis was replaced (long) before 1961 and is thus permanently invalid, as prescribed by ICZN Code#R#R. Monotypic.

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Andes of C Peru (Huánuco S to Junín).

Descriptive notes

18 cm. A largely greyish brush-finch. Adult crown to nape russet or pale orange (becoming paler on nape), face down to lower edge of ear-coverts and back to sides of neck... read more


Song variable, a pleasant series of rich introductory notes and then a trill or series of notes, “... read more


Shrubby forest borders and undergrowth of humid woodland, reaching to treeline; 2450–3700 m.

Food and feeding

Diet presumably includes insects and fruit. More arboreal, less terrestrial, than other brush-finches. Usually alone or in pairs; commonly... read more


Almost nothing known, but a recently observed juvenile was observed in second week of Nov in Pasco.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: probably more or less confined to the North-east Peruvian cordilleras EBA, with an overall distribution... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Taczanowski's Brush-finch (Atlapetes taczanowskii). 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 28 February 2020).