Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)


Yellow-headed Brush-finch (Atlapetes flaviceps)


French: Tohi à tête olive German: Goldkopf-Buschammer Spanish: Atlapetes cabecigualdo

Atlapetes flaviceps


, 1912,

Río Toche, 6800 feet [c. 2070 m], Tolima, Colombia




Both slopes of C Andes (Caldas, Tolima and Cauca) and W slope of W Andes (Risaralda, Valle del Cauca)#R#R, in Colombia.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. A relatively short-billed brush-finch with large head and distinctly graduated tail; crown feathers often raised, giving round-headed appearance, and bill has even... read more


Song lasts 1·5–2 seconds, has two parts, some introductory notes and then a trilled... read more


Brush adjacent to cleared areas on mountainsides, also in undergrowth within moist montane forest;... read more

Food and feeding

Takes small fruits, insects and seeds; fruits of Miconia sp. (Melastomataceae) and Bocconia frutescens Papaveraceae have... read more


Active nest found in May. Juveniles with parents observed in Jun, and collection of nesting material in Nov. No other information.


Thought to be resident; present all year at known sites.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Slopes EBA. Has a very small range and very small global population, estimated at fewer than 1000... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Yellow-headed Brush-finch (Atlapetes flaviceps). 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).