Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

White-rimmed Brush-finch (Atlapetes leucopis)


French: Tohi bridé German: Brillenbuschammer Spanish: Atlapetes embridado

Buarremon leucopis

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1878,

Yanayacu, Ecuador


A. crassus occasionally placed in present species. Monotypic.


Colombian Andes from head of Magdalena Valley (S base of C Andes of SW Huila) and E slope of E Andes from W Caquetá S to W Putumayo and SE Nariño, and Ecuador on W slope (Imbabura) and E slope (at least W Sucumbíos#R, Cordillera de Guacamayos, in Napo, also E Azuay and NW Morona-Santiago, also S Loja).

Descriptive notes

18 cm. A very dark brush-finch with bold white “spectacles”, bill rather thick at base with culmen evenly curved. Has dark rusty crown to hindcrown and upper nape... read more


Song, heard in Mar, a slowly delivered series of 4–15 strident notes, either upslurred or... read more


Dense undergrowth of wet montane forest and forest edge; prefers a mix of forest with regenerating... read more

Food and feeding

Little information on diet; observed to eat berries, particularly blue berries of Melastomataceae. Usually found on ground or low in... read more


Recorded Oct–Dec in Colombia and Ecuador, and juveniles with adults seen in Dec in S Colombia (Nariño). Two nests described,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Central Andes EBA and Southern Central Andes EBA. Rare to uncommon. Until recently was considered Near-... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2020). White-rimmed Brush-finch (Atlapetes leucopis). 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 18 February 2020).