Rufous-capped Brushfinch Atlapetes pileatus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Endemic to the highlands of northern and central Mexico at 900 to 3500 m, over both slopes, the fairly common Rufous-capped Brush-Finch is found in the undergrowth of humid and semi-arid forested areas. Within the species’ range, it is a distinctive bird—smaller than other brush-finches in range—with olive-green upperparts, largely yellow underparts becoming dusky over the flanks, and a rufous cap that contrasts with the dark ear coverts. The rufous cap is absent in juveniles, which have the crown concolorous with the cheeks. It is found in pairs or small (presumably family) groups, and nests in brushy or dense grass areas.

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

Recommended Citation

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