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Sasaima, Cundinamarca, Colombia, October 2012
Arremon atricapillus

Buarremon atricapillus



South America: found in the higher areas of eastern Panama and northern Colombia.


It was formerly included in Stripe-headed Brush Finch. It has in the past been placed in genus Atlapetes and is also placed in Buarremon by some authorities.


Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • A. a. tacarcunae:
  • in the mountains of eastern Panama
  • A. a. atricapillus:
  • in the central and eastern Andes of northern Colombia


About 700-1000 m asl. in a variety of forested environs.


Usually fouraging on ground or very low in undergrowth.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the proposal to split this species

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