Black-spectacled Brushfinch Atlapetes melanopsis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Alvaro Jaramillo
  • © 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.


© Andrew Spencer

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Alvaro Jaramillo. 2013. Black-spectacled Brushfinch (Atlapetes melanopsis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.