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Atlapetes melanopsis

Black-spectacled Brush-Finch

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Emberizidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Alvaro Jaramillo

Atlapetes melanopsis

Pariahuanca road, Junín, Peru; 30 September 2013 © Carlos Calle

Black-spectacled Brush-Finch is a Peruvian endemic, and it also is best considered a member of a superspecies with two other Peruvian specialties, Apurimac (Atlapetes forbesi) and Rufous-eared (Atlapetes rufigenis) brush-finches. The three have similar plumage patterns, and are in separate isolated populations within Peru. Black-spectacled Brush-Finch is well named as it has a large black face patch. In fact the head is ornate in its pattern, with a russet crown, nape and sides of face surrounding the black patch, as well as a supraloral streak, black forehead, and bold white malar and black lateral throat stripes! It makes for a striking visage. Otherwise above and largely below, this is a gray finch, with white throat and belly. It lives in montane scrub and forest edge, and is found in seasonally humid regions, but is absent from East slope areas. Black-spectacled Brush-Finch also likes dry bushy areas (but in a zone with fairly high seasonal rainfall) and adjacent forest edge on humid slopes between the elevations of 2500-3600 m.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Alvaro Jaramillo. 2013. Black-spectacled Brush-Finch (Atlapetes melanopsis), 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 edge
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Undescribed
  • Sociality:Single-Species Flocks
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Endangered