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Olive Finch - BirdForum Opus

Photo by max1
Tatama NP, Colombia, February 2016
Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
Montezuma, western Andes, Colombia, February 2011

Alternative name: Olive Brush-finch

Arremon castaneiceps

Lysurus castaneiceps



  • Olive green (the male being more strongly coloured around the head)
  • Orange to dark yellow bib
  • Long stripe from the beak to the 'ear' both above and below the eye
  • Black bib below and surrounding the orange bib

Female: Paler and lacks the black bib


South America: found locally in the Andes from Colombia to Ecuador and south-eastern Peru.
Rare and local.


This is a monotypic species.
May form a superspecies with Sooty-faced Finch and is sometimes considered conspecific.
Placed in genus Lysurus by some authorities.


Cloud forest. Often near streams.
Occurs at 750 - 1800m.


Diet poorly known.
Forages at or near ground.
Breeding season mainly March to April in northeast Ecuador. The nest is a large green ball made of moss, rootlets and live fern leaves, most often placed near a small creek. Lays 2 eggs.
A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781
  3. Florez-V & Londono 2012. Nesting biology of the Olive Finch in SE Peru. Ornithologia Neotropical 23: 417-27

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