Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Tepui Brush-finch (Atlapetes personatus)


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

Arremon personatus


, 1849,

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


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


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


    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


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



    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 on 23 February 2020).