Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Tricolored Brush-finch (Atlapetes tricolor)


French: Tohi tricolore German: Dreifarben-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes tricolor

Buarremon tricolor


, 1875,

Chilpes, Paltaypampa, Ninabamba, Pumarca and “Tembopata”, Junín, Peru


Usually considered conspecific with A. crassus (which see). Monotypic.


Andes of C Peru (La Libertad S to Junín and Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; 29·5–40 g. Adult has sides of head black, contrasting wide yellowish crownstripe reaching to hindcrown and nape; upperparts dark olive to dark grey, rump and... read more


Song, given quite persistently, high-pitched and in two or three parts, tends to begin with two... read more


Undergrowth in shrubby clearings and edge of humid forest; forest openings, and open mossy... read more

Food and feeding

No details of diet. Forages at various heights; can be distinctly more arboreal than many brush-finches, foraging up to 10 m above ground.... read more


Only information is that a fledgling was observed in Jul in Huánuco.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Peruvian high Andes EBA. Uncommon to fairly common; somewhat local. No evidence of any... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Tricolored Brush-finch (Atlapetes tricolor). 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).