SPARROWS AND FINCHES   -   EMBERIZIDAE   -   PART II

Atlapetes brush-finches


Santa Marta Brush-Finch - Atlapetes melanocephalus
Santa Marta Brush-Finch
Atlapetes melanocephalus
El Dorado Lodge, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
I think it's the most common endemic encountered on the San Lorenzo road in the Santa Marta mountains. These pretty birds are very curious and easy to see. This one was coming to the feeder at the lodge. (S6)


Pale-naped Brush-Finch - Atlapetes pallidinucha
Pale-naped Brush-Finch
Atlapetes pallidinucha papallactae
Termales del Ruiz, Villamaria, Caldas, Colombia.
A high-Andean brush-finch found from Venezuela to northern Peru. (S14)


Yellow-headed Brush-Finch - Atlapetes flaviceps
Yellow-headed Brush-Finch
Atlapetes flaviceps
Libano, Tolima department, Colombia.
An oddly unpatterned brush-finch endemic to the Colombian Central Andes. (S5)


Tricolored Brush-Finch - Atlapetes tricolor
Tricolored (Choco) Brush-Finch
Atlapetes tricolor crassus
Buenaventura reserve, El Oro province, Ecuador.
This is the subspecies endemic to the Chocó region of western Ecuador and western Colombia. The nominate race is found on the east slope of the Andes in central and southern Peru, and has a yellow instead of tawny crown. Some taxonomies, such as IOC, already split it as "Choco Brush Finch". (S5)


Tricolored Brush-Finch - Atlapetes tricolor
Tricolored Brush-Finch
Atlapetes tricolor tricolor
Villa Rica-Oxapampa Road, Pasco department, Peru.
An example of the nominate race, found in central and southern Peru. Compare it with the photo above. (S8)


Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch - Atlapetes latinuchus
Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch
Atlapetes latinuchus latinuchus
Cordillera de Lagunillas, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador.
A common and widespread Andean temperate forest species, found from Venezuela to Peru. There is a lot of racial variation within the species. This is the nominate with a rufous crown, black malar, and white wing speculum; compare it with the bird below. It is sometimes called Rufous-naped Brush-Finch. (S6)


Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch - Atlapetes latinuchus
Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch
Atlapetes latinuchus spodionotus
Yanacocha, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
This race, which lacks a wing speculum, is found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador. (S7)


Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch - Atlapetes latinuchus
Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch
Atlapetes latinuchus comptus
Las Chinchas, Loja province, Ecuador.
A subspecies found in southern Ecuador and northern Peru. Compared to the previous, it has yellow lores, a stronger malar, and a paler nape. (S8)


Slaty Brush-Finch - Atlapetes schistaceus
Slaty Brush-Finch
Atlapetes schistaceus taczanowskii
Puente Carrizal, Satipo Road, Junín region, Peru.
A locally common bird in high Andean forests from Venezuela to Peru. It's distribution is rather spotty. (S8)


Slaty Brush-Finch - Atlapetes schistaceus
Slaty Brush-Finch
Atlapetes schistaceus tamae
Mountains east of Monteredondo, Meta department, Colombia.
(S5)


White-winged Brush-Finch - Atlapetes leucopterus
White-winged Brush-Finch
Atlapetes leucopterus leucopterus
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
This species occurs in western and southern Ecuador and northwestern Peru. There are several distinctive subspecies. This one, the nominate, has a larger chestnut crown patch and blacker face. (S7)


White-winged Brush-Finch - Atlapetes leucopterus
White-winged Brush-Finch
Atlapetes leucopterus dresseri
Limón de Porculla, Lambayeque department, Peru.
This race has a black forehead and a variable amount of white on the face. The bird in this shot has only a bit of white speckling behind the eye, but some birds show much more white. (S6)


Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch - Atlapetes nationi
Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch
Atlapetes nationi (ssp?)
San Pedro de Casta, Santa Eulalia Valley, Lima region, Peru.
Endemic to the west slope of the Andes in central and southern Peru. The subspecies that is supposed to be in the region of Lima is nominate nationi, however this bird has white blotches on the head, a feature consistent with brunneiceps. (S8)


Cuzco Brush-Finch - Atlapetes canigenis
Cuzco Brush-Finch
Atlapetes canigenis
San Luis, north side of Abra Malaga, Cusco region, Peru.
A very restricted range endemic to mountains of SE Peru. It was formerly considered a race of Slaty Brush-Finch A. schistaceus. (S6)


Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch - Atlapetes fulviceps
Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch
Atlapetes fulviceps
Parque Provincial Potrero de Yala, Jujuy province, Argentina.
Found in mid-elevation yungas forests of the Andes of Bolivia and NW Argentina. (S8)


Yellow-striped Brush-Finch - Atlapetes citrinellus
Yellow-striped Brush-Finch
Atlapetes citrinellus
Río Los Sosa, Tafí del Valle, Tucumán province, Argentina.
A great little brush-finch endemic to a rather small area in the Andes of nothern Argentina. In September, as the breeding season starts, the male and female stay amazingly close to each other, offering some great photo opportunities. (S8)














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