Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Near Threatened

Vilcabamba Brush-finch (Atlapetes terborghi)


French: Tohi de Terborgh German: Vilcabambabuschammer Spanish: Atlapetes de Vilcabamba

Atlapetes terborghi


, 1993,

Cordillera Vilcabamba, Cuzco, Peru


Often considered a race of A. latinuchus, and both were originally considered part of a wider complex that included also A. melanolaemus and A. rufinucha, although recent studies suggest that various components of this group may not be each other’s closest relatives. Present species probably most closely related to A. melanolaemus. Monotypic.


Cordillera Vilcabamba (W Cuzco), in S Peru.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. A dark brush-finch with yellow underparts. Has rufous area from cap to nape, darkest on forehead; face, including lores, superciliary area and ear-coverts, blackish;... read more


No information.


Humid montane cloudforest and elfin forest; 2520–3520 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


All of a series of specimens were in breeding condition in Jul, the dry season in this section of Andes. No other information.


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. A poorly known species; appears to be uncommon. Has very small global range. Numbers apparently stable, and... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). Vilcabamba Brush-finch (Atlapetes terborghi). 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 22 February 2020).