Chestnut-capped Brushfinch Arremon brunneinucha

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Polytypic: 10 subspecies
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The Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch is a very widely distributed species, being found from Mexico south throughout Middle America and thence through the Andes and related mountain chains, south as far as southernmost Peru. It is easily identified throughout most of this broad range by its combination of chestnut crown, black mask and breast-band (although some subspecies lack the latter), white below, and olive-colored upperparts. Like several other brush-finches, it is generally common but not easily seen because of its liking for densely vegetated areas and its predominantly terrestrial behavior. One of several species of Arremon that was recently transferred to this genus from Atlapetes; all of them retain the vernacular name of brush-finch, to distinguish them from the more ‘traditional’ occupants of the genus, all of which are known as ‘sparrows’.

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

Recommended Citation

Chestnut-capped Brushfinch (Arremon brunneinucha), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: