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Atlapetes forbesi

Apurimac Brush-Finch

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Emberizidae
  • Monotypic


Atlapetes forbesi

Huanipaca road, Apurímac Valley, Peru; 26 July 2008 © Fabrice Schmitt

Apurimac Brush-Finch is endemic to Peru, locally fairly common in a small, isolated range in the Andes in the south of the country. It is part of a superspecies complex with two other Peruvian Endemics, Black-spectacled and Rufous-eared brush-finches, and was considered a subspecies of Rufous-eared until recently.  Apurimac Brush-Finch is clean, medium gray above, with paler gray underparts. It has a bright russet crown, black lores with a white supraloral spot, and black lateral throat stripes separating a white throat and malar. It can be found very low in dense brush on arid slopes, or in the undergrowth of semi-humid woodland woodlands, from 2,700 to 4,100m. Very little is known about this species’ life history, but its habits and biology are presumably quite similar to Rufous-eared Brush-Finch.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Apurimac Brush-Finch (Atlapetes forbesi), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern