Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

White-headed Brush-finch (Atlapetes albiceps)


French: Tohi à tête blanche German: Weißkopf-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes cabeciblanco

Buarremon albiceps


, 1884,

Paucal, Cajamarca, Peru




W slope of Andes in extreme S Ecuador (S Loja) and adjacent NW Peru (S to Lambayeque).

Descriptive notes

16 cm. A typically shaped brush-finch with moderately sized bill showing relatively straight culmen. Has most of head white, with strongly contrasting blackish cap and nape,... read more


Song a series of squeaky whistled notes, “Pee-ti-ti séw-tew’tew’tew’ see-see”; chatter-duet a... read more


Found in undergrowth of low dry scrubby woodland, particularly along streams in dry montane regions... read more

Food and feeding

Stomach contents included small seeds, larger seeds (crushed), and insects. Forages on ground, as well as in low shrubbery. Sometimes forms... read more


Specimen from S Ecuador in breeding condition (and plumage quite worn) in late May; season estimated as Jan–Feb. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian region EBA. Locally common or fairly common. No evidence of any population declines, and considered... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). White-headed Brush-finch (Atlapetes albiceps). 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 17 February 2020).