Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Tepui Brush-finch (Atlapetes personatus)


Taxonomy

French: Tohi des tépuis German: Tepuibuschammer Spanish: Atlapetes de tepuí
Taxonomy:

Arremon personatus

Cabanis

, 1849,

#R, Roraima, 6500 feet [c. 1980 m], Venezuela

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See comments under A. semirufus. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. paraquensis Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1946 – Cerros Paraque, Camaní, Guanay and Yaví, and Sierra de Maigualida in NW & NE Amazonas (S Venezuela).
  • A. p. parui Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1950 – Cerro Parú, in NC Amazonas (S Venezuela).
  • A. p. duidae Chapman, 1929 – tepui region of S Venezuela, in C Amazonas (Mt Duida, upper R Ocamo) and WC Bolívar (Mt Guaiquinima, Meseta de Jaua, Cerro Urutaní).
  • A. p. jugularis Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1955 – Cerro de la Neblina in S Venezuela (SE Amazonas) and adjacent N Brazil (Amazonas).
  • A. p. collaris Chapman, 1939 – Mt Auyán-tepui, in SE Bolívar (SE Venezuela).
  • A. p. personatus (Cabanis, 1849) – Mt Roraima and nearby tepuis of SE Bolívar, in SE Venezuela, also Ayanganna (W Guyana)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; 22·5–37 g. A stocky brush-finch with long bill with slightly curved culmen. Nominate race has head to nape plain cinnamon-rufous; upperparts olive,... read more

    Voice

    Usually rather quiet. Song, mostly at dawn, quick and sweet-sounding, from a simple “tweet swee-tee... read more

    Habitat

    Shrubby borders and clearings, also understorey in closed wet forest in tepuis; also young as well... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information. Diet arthropods and berries (often melastomes). Forages close to ground, typically cocking or flipping up tail as it... read more

    Breeding

    No information, but some of those collected on Mt Auyan-tepui in Feb were in breeding condition.

    Movements

    Sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Locally very common. Range very fragmented. Although patchy in its distribution, there is no... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Tepui Brush-finch (Atlapetes personatus). 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/61984 on 23 February 2020).