black faced brushfinch birds
black faced brushfinch birds

Black faced Brushfinch

Atlapetes melanolaemus

The Black-faced Brushfinch is a bird from the Passerellidae family. It has a long tail and resembles a sparrow. It is found in humid habitats along the Andes mountain range. This species has a dark gray face and upperparts, with yellowish underparts and a rusty red crown. You can distinguish the Black-faced Brushfinch from other brushfinches in the area by its yellow belly and red crown. It is more vibrant in color than the Olive Finch, which has an olive-yellow back. This bird feeds near the ground in montane forests and scrub in a wide range of elevations. Listen for its simple whistled song and high, thin call notes. You can spot it on our bird photography trips.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo