White-rimmed Brushfinch Atlapetes leucopis


This brush-finch looks like someone wearing bright white glasses! It has an unusual plumage mainly in its large white eye-ring that continues to a point behind the eye. It is perhaps a disservice to call it an eye-ring, as it is more like an eye patch, it is large in size. The White-rimmed Brush-Finch is also a very color saturated, in other words very dark colored, species. The underparts are olive with a slight hint of yellow and above this brush-finch is black, with a black face and dark rufous crown stripe. Its overall range is large from southern Colombia to northern Peru, but it is actually disjunct being found in four isolated populations. It is nowhere common and the its local nature meant that until recently it was listed as a Near Threatened species, however it has been downgraded now that it is known to be more widespread. It lives in areas with dense undergrowth in wet montane forest, and forest edge between 2000 – 3100m in elevation. It prefers a habitat mosaic, with forest and re-generating thickets; it is thought that areas where landslides are frequent are preferred as these create this habitat diversity.

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Recommended Citation

White-rimmed Brushfinch (Atlapetes leucopis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wrbfin1